Kaare Klint Lounge Chair with Light Cognac Leather and Mahogany
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Kaare Klint for Rud. Rasmussen Snedkerier, easy chair model 5313, cognac leather and mahogany, Denmark, 1934.
This chair is the archetypical easy chair as it may, simple, solid and comfortable. As anything from Klint, this chair is anything but ostentatious. The back legs bent slightly outwards whereas the front legs are completely straight. The seat is slightly tilted and therefore extremely comfortable. The chair was originally designed in a slightly different form for the Copenhagen Saddlemaker's and Upholsterers' Guild to celebrate its 475th anniversary.
The leather has a strong and aesthetic patina.
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.
Literature: Gorm, Harkær, Klintiana: Kaare Klint, vol. 2, ill. p. 35.