Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen Sofa in Naturel Leather and Mahogany
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Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen cabinetmakers, three-seat sofa model 5011, leather and mahogany, Denmark, design 1935, manufactured in early 1970s.
Classic and elegant Scandinavian three-seat sofa by Kaare Klint. This model was designed in 1935. This example made early 1970s by Rud. Rasmussen Cabinetmakers, with maker's paper label. The base consists of eight legs in mahogany with cross-connections, which create a beautiful rhythm. The sloping armrests and clear divisional lines bear the trademarks of Klint's aesthetics. Characteristic is the canvas back that is straight and clean, stately and even aristocratic. Klints designs are often Puritan and architectural in their construction and aesthetics.
The sofa is upholstered in beautiful patinated naturel leather that is soft and smooth as butter. The aged leather shows discolorations all-over as you can only desire leather would age. On the right side of the backrest are small dark spots, expected to be watermarks.
Kaare Klint (1888-1954) was a Danish architect and furniture designer. Klint can the seen as the father of Danish Midcentury design. Klint's was the son architect Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint who 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 as his father. 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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