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Kaare Klint

Danish, 1888-1954

Architect, teacher and furniture designer Kaare Klint is among the most important figures in Scandinavian modernism. Widely recognized as the father of modern Danish furniture, Klint sought to pay homage to historical furniture styles and prized functionality as essential to designing for modern living. He established the design school at Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and his students became mid-century legends of cabinetry and furniture-making.

Klint prioritized functionalism and drew on an array of influences in his own work. Furniture experts will observe the influence of 18th-century English seating in his Red chair, while Klint’s iconic Safari chair had roots in campaign furniture. The other exemplary chairs, sofas and tables for which he is known bear the mark of Thomas Chippendale and Biedermeier furniture as well as Greek and Roman forms.

Klint's father was Peder Wilhelm Jensen-Klint, a formidable architect of his day. The younger Klint initially followed in his father’s footsteps, studying under him as well as distinguished architect Carl Petersen. Alongside Danish architect Ivar Bentsen, he headed the renovation of the Designmuseum Denmark in Copenhagen from 1920–26 (Klint also furnished the institution as part of the project). Around the same time, Klint helped found the furniture design school at the Royal Danish Academy. The impact of his role as an instructor there cannot be overstated — he mentored such esteemed cabinetmakers and furniture designers as Børge Mogensen, Hans Wegner and Ole Wanscher.

A prominent advocate of ergonomics, Klint valued comfort and functionality over style. Painstaking research went into each piece of sophisticated yet wholly unadorned furniture he designed, as he endeavored to build structures that took into consideration human proportions and scale. And like the Shakers, Klint believed that quality craftsmanship and good materials were integral to the design of durable furniture that was free of embellishment.

The humble grace of Klint’s style characterizes legendary seating designs that continue to charm today’s leagues of mid-century modern enthusiasts. His Safari chair, Faaborg chair, Ravenna armchair and Propeller stool — as well as most of the seating created by Danish modernists generally — have warmed interiors and influenced furniture designers all over the world.

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Safari Chair
Safari Chair
Faaborg Chair
Faaborg Chair
Propeller Stool
Propeller Stool
Ravenna Armchair
Ravenna Armchair
Kaare Klint, 'Barcelona' Dining Chair, Model 3758
By Kaare Klint
Located in Berlin, DE
Kaare Klint, 'Barcelona' dining chair. Designed 1927 Ash wood & Niger leather. Model 3758.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kaare Klint

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Leather, Ash

  • Kaare Klint, 'Barcelona' Dining Chair, Model 3758
  • Kaare Klint, 'Barcelona' Dining Chair, Model 3758
  • Kaare Klint, 'Barcelona' Dining Chair, Model 3758
  • Kaare Klint, 'Barcelona' Dining Chair, Model 3758
H 35.44 in. W 23.63 in. D 22.84 in.
Kaare Klint Bergere for Rud, Rasmussen
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Kaare Klint bergere of mahogany. Sides, seat and back with woven cane. Loose cushions in seat and back upholstered with patinated leather. Executed by Rud. Rasmussen cabinetmakers.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Kaare Klint

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Mahogany, Leather

  • Kaare Klint Bergere for Rud, Rasmussen
  • Kaare Klint Bergere for Rud, Rasmussen
  • Kaare Klint Bergere for Rud, Rasmussen
  • Kaare Klint Bergere for Rud, Rasmussen
H 36.23 in. W 23.63 in. D 28.75 in.
Canvas Safari Easy Chair by Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Belmont, MA
Canvas safari easy chair by Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen with loose cushion.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Kaare Klint

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Canvas, Wood

Safari Chair by Kaare Klint, 1969
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning safari chair designed by Kaare Klint for Rud. Rasmussen’s Snedkerier, with patinated ash frame, seat, back, straps and loose cushion in leather, designed in 1933, produced 1...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kaare Klint

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Leather, Ash

  • Safari Chair by Kaare Klint, 1969
  • Safari Chair by Kaare Klint, 1969
  • Safari Chair by Kaare Klint, 1969
  • Safari Chair by Kaare Klint, 1969
H 32 in. W 22.5 in. D 23 in.
Kaare Klint the "Red Chair" for Rud Rasmussen Model 3758
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Vienna, AT
Mahogany frame covered in Indian red leather designed by Kaare Klint in 1927 for the lecture hall of the Danish Museum of Art & Design in Copenhagen and manufactured by Rud Rasmussen...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kaare Klint

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Beech

Kaare Klint Armchair Model No 3758A / ‘The Red Chair’ Produced by Rud. Rasmussen
By Kaare Klint
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare armchair model no 3758A / ‘The red chair’ designed by Kaare Klint. Produced by Rud. Rasmussen in Denmark.
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1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kaare Klint

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Leather, Mahogany

Kaare Klint Easy Chairs Model 5313 Produced by Rud. Rasmussen in Denmark
By Kaare Klint
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare pair of easy chairs model 5313 designed by Kaare Klint. Produced by Rud. Rasmussen Cabinetmakers in Denmark.
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1920s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kaare Klint

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Leather, Mahogany

Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen Sofa in Original Cognac Leather
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, sofa model '5011', leather, wood, Denmark, design 1935. Classic and elegant Scandinavian three-seat sofa by Kaare Klint designed in 1935. The high bac...
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1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kaare Klint

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Leather, Wood

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Kaare Klint furniture for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs Kaare Klint furniture are available for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Kaare Klint collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 192 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 12 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Kaare Klint were created in Europe during the 20th century in Scandinavian Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Sibast, Frits Henningsen and Rud Rasmussen. Kaare Klint furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$700 and tops out at US$132,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$7,194.

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