Rare Kaj Gottlob Armchair in Original Red Leather and Steel
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Kaj Gottlob, red leather, nickel plated steel, brass, Denmark, 1935
Very rare armchair with striking patina by Danish designer Kaj Gottlob designed in the 1930s. The well-documented history of this particular chair began in 1935 when Kaj Gottlob was commissioned to design the furniture for a bank in the south of Denmark. As can be seen on historic photographs, two armchairs and a large sofa were arranged around table in a representative room of the bank. A marble floor arranged in strong lines provided a great stage for Gottlob’s furniture to impress the viewer. The room featured bright walls free of decoration and therefore the chairs and sofa were in the main focus of the visitor.
The chair features a wonderful round shell upholstered in richly patinated leather in a striking red color. A line of brass nails holds the leather in place and at the same time has a decorative character. Four flat legs in nickel plated steel are interconnected with a thin horizontal bar. Beautiful detail is the way the patinated steel is bent in a curve to function as feet. Especially the back is designed in a dynamic line. This rare armchair depicts an important example in Gottlob’s oeuvre and marks his turn to functionalism.
Please note that the steel as well as the leather show an admirable patina that contributes to the unique value of the piece.
From a young age Danish architect and furniture designer Kaj Gottlob (1887-1976) had a passion for the English Arts and Crafts movement. During his studies of architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, which he graduated from in 1914, he combined this passion with his interest in neoclassical architecture, thus arriving to a unique style which is apparent in his early designs. He later turned to Nordic Neoclassicism and in the 1930s towards functionalism, having found appreciating for its sober yet contemporary and modern style.
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