Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen Set of Four 'Red Chairs' in Original Leather
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, set of four dining chairs, 'The Red Chair', model 4751, original patinated leather, mahogany, brass, Denmark, designed 1933, manufactured 1930s.
These dining chairs in camel leather upholstery are designed in 1933 and manufactured in the thirties. These iconic chairs were initially designed for the lecture hall of the Danish Art and Design Museum. Later on, they were also presented at the World Exposition in Barcelona, where the design won the grand prix medal in 1929. The chairs are therefore also called 'Barcelona Chair'.
Kaare Klint (1888-1954), born in 1988 in Frederiksburg, Denmark, was a Danish architect and furniture designer. From a young age, Klint was immersed in architecture. His father was the well-known architect Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint, who is mainly known for designing the Grundtvigs church in Copenhagen. After studying at the P.S. Krøyer’s Art School from 1907, Klint made his debut as a designer. That year, the Association of Furniture Manufacturers in Copenhagen announced that they would hold a competition for designer furniture. Klint submitted, together with Ivar Bentsen, under a code name and together they received first price. In 1924, Klint helped establishing the Department of Furniture Design at the Royal Danish Academy of fine Arts. As associate professor, and later professor, he inspired some of the greatest and most well-known Danish designers, including Hans J. Wegner and Arne Jacobsen. Klint worked and thought along a few strong principles being the importance of former styles. He believed that the only way forward was to have a deep knowledge of craftsmanship. One of his other core principles was to research functionality and have an outstanding sense of proportion, space and the human body. Overall, Klint drew inspiration from the Shakers, Chippendale and Biedermeier. Kaare Klint's style from the 20s and 30s has had a lot of influence on other designers in both Europe and the United States. Amongst others Børge Mogensen, Finn Juhl and Poul Kjærholm have taken influence from Klint. Therefore, Kaare Klint can be seen as the father of Danish midcentury design.
Please note that these chairs are in good, used condition and show signs of wear and use common for their age. The mahogany type of this piece does not require an export license.
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