Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, sofa 4118, original leather, mahogany, Denmark, 1930s
Classic and elegant Scandinavian two-seat sofa by Kaare Klint for manufacturer Rud Rasmussen. The piece is upholstered with patinated original leather. The base consists of mahogany legs that are connected with diagonal slats, creating a dynamic rhythm. The slightly sloping armrests create a frame on each side and are almost at the same height like the backrest. This wonderful sofa is in good condition but it has signs of wear making it even more unique. The cognac leather shows an absolute admirable, rich patina.
Kaare Klint (1888-1954) was a Danish architect and furniture designer. Klint can be seen as the father of Danish midcentury design. Klint was the son architect Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint who was an architect, designer and artist who is mainly known for designing the Grundtvigs church in Copenhagen. Kaare Klint himself has walked the same path from architect to designer. In 1924, Klint founded the art academy of Copenhagen where he was professor in furniture design. Klint worked and thought along a few strong principles being the importance of former styles and believed that the only way forward was to have a deep knowledge of craftsmanship. One of his other core design principles was to research functionality and deep knowledge of the working of the human body. Klinkt drew inspiration from the Shakers, Chippendale and Biedermeier. Kaare Klint's style from the 1920s and 1930s has had a lot of influence on other designers in both Europe and the United States. Amongst others, Hans Wegner, Børge Mogensen, Finn Juhl and Poul Kjærholm have taken influence from Klint.
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