Kaare Klint for Rud, Rasmussens Snedkekier Folding Stool with Tray Table
Kaare Klint for Rud. Rasmussens Snedkekier, folding stool with tray table, model '8783', ash, linen, Denmark, design 1930, manufactured 1964
This propeller stool in ash with linen seat is designed by Kaare Klint for Rud. Rasmussens Snedkerier. In 1930, a sketch was created as a school project by a student of Klint at the Academy. A prototype was made in 1956 and it was not put into production until 1962. The stool is made of ash, which has long fibbers, making the wood extremely strong and resistant. The propeller-shaped legs give the stool its name. Ingenious in its simplicity, when closed, it is completely collapsible, its legs fold into a perfect cylinder. When opened, the lines perfectly and beautifully illustrate the stool’s function and name. Only 300 stools went into production, which makes this stool extremely rare.
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.
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