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Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

Danish, b. 1929

With a passion for math and engineering, Kai Kristiansen has created high-quality wood furniture for decades. Beginning in the 1950s, his coffee tables, chairs, modular shelving and other furnishings were made in the style that would become internationally renowned as Danish modern and boasted clean lines, perfected functionality and exacting craftsmanship.

Born in Denmark, Kristiansen trained in cabinetmaking before studying with Kaare Klint, often cited as the “father of modern Danish design,” at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. At just 26 years old, Kristiansen opened his own studio.

Kristiansen had his mid-century breakthrough in 1956 with the Chair #42, which he made with Schou Andersen. Unlike most other chairs at the time, Chair #42’s armrests, with their wealth of radical angles, were connected to the back rather than the front legs. This unconventional flourish makes the backrest appear as though it is floating in midair above the seat.

Kristiansen’s next innovation was a modular wall system in 1957 — three years ahead of Dieter Rams’s more famous 606 Universal Shelving System. Called the Reolsystem Wall Unit, produced by SB Feldballes Møbelfabrik, it’s also known as the FM Wall Unit as FM/Fornem Møbelkunst began producing it in the 1960s.

Kristiansen would go on to work with other leading Danish furniture manufacturers such as Magnus Olesen, Fritz Hansen and Vildbjerg Møbelfabrik, designing everything from chairs and desks to sideboards and cabinets, frequently in rosewood and teak. (The latter was a sought-after wood by Scandinavian modern designers.)

While many of Kristiansen’s timeless designs remain in production, such as his Paper Knife sofa, which was reintroduced by Miyazaki Chair Factory in 2008, and his 1950s Entré collection, which was relaunched with Great Dane Furniture in 2016, others are prized as vintage mid-century pieces.

Today, Kristiansen is still at work on new furniture with an expert eye to thoughtfully functional designs that are made to last.

Find a collection of vintage Kai Kristiansen furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Kai Kristiansen
Danish Vintage Teak Compass Chair by Kai Kristiansen
By Kai Kristiansen
Located in London, GB
A stylish and extremely well made Danish vintage teak compass chair by Kai Kristiansen. This was recently imported from Denmark, it dates from the 1...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Bouclé, Teak

Kai Kristiansen Leather Troja Armchair, c1960
By Kai Kristiansen
Located in London, GB
Kai Kristiansen 'Troja' round chair from circa 1960. The frame is made from Afromosia African teak wood. The seat has been reupholstered in premium aniline cognac brown leather.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Teak, Leather

Dining Room Chairs, Model 42, Kai Kristiansen, Schou Andersen, 1960
By Schou Andersen Møbelfabrik, Kai Kristiansen
Located in Lejre, DK
This set of 6 dining chairs is truly an iconic example of the timeless elegance that characterizes mid-20th century Danish furniture design. The chairs are model 42, designed by the ...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Fabric, Teak

Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Lounge Chair in Rio Rosewood Model Paperknive
By Kai Kristiansen
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern scandinavian lounge chair in Rio rosewood model paper Knive by Kai Kristiansen. New foam and cover. Other cover on demand. + €250. Referenced by the Design Museum ...
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1960s French Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Teak

Set of Four Dining Chairs, Model 42, Kai Kristiansen, Schou Andersen, 1960
By Kai Kristiansen, Schou Andersen Møbelfabrik
Located in Lejre, DK
This set of 4 dining chairs is an excellent representation of the timeless and elegant style that characterizes mid-20th century Danish furniture design. The chairs are model 42, des...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Fabric, Rosewood

Paper Knife Armchair by Kai kristiansen for Magnus Olesen, Denmark, 1956
By Magnus Olesen, Kai Kristiansen
Located in Barcelona, ES
Paper Knife armchair designed in 1956 by Kai Kristiansen for Magnus Olesen, Denmark. Teak frame upholstered with new wool fabric from...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Fabric, Teak

Danish Armchair Model 121 by Kai Kristiansen
By Kai Kristiansen
Located in Brescia, IT
Armchair from the Paper Knife series designed by A. Model 121 designed by Kai Kristiansen and produced by Magnus Olesen in Denmark. The uniquely shaped se...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Fabric, Teak

Paire de Fauteuils En Teck, Modèle 121, “Paper Knife” de Kai Kristiansen, 1956
By Kai Kristiansen
Located in Bruxelles, BE
Paire de fauteuils design, modèle 121, ‘Paper Knife’, Kai Kristiansen pour Magnus Olesen, 1956. La structure est en teck massif avec dossier et coussin d’as...
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1950s Danish Vintage Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Leather, Teak

1960s Kai Kristiansen Model KK161 Pair of Teak Armchairs for Magnus, Denmark
By Kai Kristiansen
Located in Praha, CZ
- sturdy and stable - carefully refurbished - pillows newly upholstered - height of seat 39 cm
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Fabric, Teak

Kai Kristiansen Compass Chair with Walnut Legs and Light Gray Blue Upholstery
By Kai Kristiansen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Single Kai Kristiansen Compass chair with light blue upholstery. The Compass Dining Chair / Kompas was designed in 1958 by Kai Kristians...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Upholstery

Kai Kristiansen, set of six rosewood armchairs, 1960s
By Kai Kristiansen
Located in Los Gatos, CA
A set of six rosewood armchairs by KAI KRISTIANSEN, seat, and tilt back upholstered with brown colored leather. Model 42. Manufactured by Schou Andersen Furniture Presented at the ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Rosewood

Three Paper Knife Chairs by Kai Kristiansen for Magnus Olesen, Denmark, 1960s
By Kai Kristiansen, Magnus Olesen
Located in Hellouw, NL
Set of three paper knife chairs, model 121, by Kai Kristiansen for Magnus Olesen from Denmark 1960s. These chairs in teak have a trul...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Teak, Fabric

Pair of Kai Kristiansen Paper Knive Chairs by Magnus Olesen in Teak, Denmark
By Kai Kristiansen, Magnus Olesen
Located in Halle, DE
Pair of Danish armchairs, designed 1955 by Kai Kristiansen for Magnus Olesen. Model Nr. 121. So called „Paper Knive Chairs“. Executed in Teakwood with original green fabrics. Both ch...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Teak

Set of 7 Danish Modern Kai Kristiansen Teak Dining Chairs
By Jens Risom, Kai Kristiansen
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Set of 8 Mid-Century Modern teak dining chairs in black vinyl by Kai Kristiansen.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Teak

20th Century Danish Vintage Modern Pair of Open Teak Chairs by Kai Kristiansen
By Kai Kristiansen
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vintage Mid-Century modern Danish pair of open armchairs made of hand crafted polished Teakwood, designed by Kai Kristiansen in good condition. The back rest of the Scandinavian low back lounge chairs are spindled and curved with slim, arched armrests, standing on four wooden feet. Newly upholstered in a white-grey cotton fabric. Wear consistent with age and use. Circa 1950, Copenhagen, Denmark...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Fabric, Cotton, Upholstery, Teak

Pair of Danish Design Paper Knife Lounge Chairs by Kai Kristiansen in Teak Black
By Magnus Olesen, Kai Kristiansen
Located in Ijzendijke, NL
Rare pair of 'Paper Knife' model 121 lounge chairs in teak and black leather (faux) design by Kai Kristiansen for Magnus Olesen in 1955. Gorgeous organic design style sculpted in s...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Faux Leather, Teak

Midcentury Teak Armchair 'Troja' by Kai Kristiansen, 1950s
By Kai Kristiansen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Teak armchair in black faux leather upholstery. 'Goth' Finnish with patinated brass dots. It was designed by Kai Kristiansen in 1959 and made by Eilersen as a commission piece for IK...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Teak

Easy Chair in Teak and Newly Upholstered Grey Wool Seats by Kai Kristiansen
By Kai Kristiansen
Located in Lejre, DK
This elegant easy chair, crafted from teak and expertly reupholstered in soft grey wool, is a stunning example of mid-century Scandinavian design. Designed by the acclaimed Danish d...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Wool, Teak

Paper Knife Armchair by Kai Kristiansen, Denmark, 1950s
By Kai Kristiansen
Located in Chorzów, PL
Paper Knife armchair by Kai Kristiansen, produced in Denmark in around 1950s. Teak frame preserved in very good condition, with original stamp at the back. Custom made boucle cushion...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Bouclé, Teak

Kai Kristiansen Boucle Troja Armchair, c1960
By Kai Kristiansen
Located in London, GB
Kai Kristiansen 'Troja' round chair from circa 1960. The frame is made from Afromosia African teak wood. The seat has been reupholstered in premium cotton-wool blend ivory boucle fab...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Teak, Bouclé

Kai Kristiansen Paper Knife Teak Easy Chair for Magnus Olesen Set of 2
By Kai Kristiansen, Magnus Olesen
Located in Munich, Bavaria
Kai Kristiansen Modell 121 paper knife easy chair in teak wood. Produced by Magnus Olesen. The fabric is original made of polyurethan and beautiful Lambs wool. Great condition. ...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kai Kristiansen Armchairs

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Wool, Teak

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Located in Elshout, NL
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Pair of 1950s Kai Kristiansen "Paper Knife" Teak Armchairs for Magnus Olesen
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Kai Kristiansen armchairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Kai Kristiansen armchairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Kai Kristiansen armchairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original armchairs by Kai Kristiansen were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider armchairs by Peter Hvidt, Henning Kjærnulf, and Grete Jalk. Prices for Kai Kristiansen armchairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $625 and can go as high as $10,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,648.

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