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Rud Rasmussen

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Exemplary designs for wood chairs, cabinets, desks and tables are part of the legacy associated with Rud Rasmussen, an iconic Danish furniture manufacturer that collaborated with some of the world’s best known and universally revered Scandinavian modernists.

Rud Rasmussen Snedkerier was established in 1869 in Copenhagen. The workshop’s founder, cabinetmaker Rudolph Rasmussen, was raised in a family of carpenters and had initially specialized in oak furniture. It wasn’t long before the business had grown — in 1876, Rasmussen was operating out of a four-storey factory, and by the end of the 19th century, the manufacturer had forged relationships with esteemed Danish architects including Vilhelm Dahlerup and Thorvald Bindesbøll.

With Rudolph Rasmussen's passing in 1904, the founder’s sons, Rudolph and Victor, took control of the company. They realized their father's dream of expanding the business — the firm had by then been accepting commissions from Copenhagen City Hall and was soon producing furniture for the likes of the police station, the postal service, ministries, technical universities and hospitals. More longstanding collaborations with legendary cabinetmakers and architects came into play, too.

Rud Rasmussen partnered with Mogens Koch, Børge Mogensen, Hans Wegner and Kaare Klint, the founder of the design school at Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. The manufacturer is known to collectors for producing Koch’s versatile bookcases, and, in 1933, Rud Rasmussen debuted Klint’s Safari chair — a clever and timeless interpretation of campaign furniture.

Carl Hansen and Søn acquired Rud Rasmussen in 2011.

Find vintage Rud Rasmussen seating, case pieces and decorative objects on 1stDibs.

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Kaare Klint for Rud, Rasmussens Snedkekier Folding Stool with Tray Table
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
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 ...
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1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Rud Rasmussen

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Canvas, Ash

Mogens Koch for Rud Radmussen Modular Library in Mahogany
By Mogens Koch, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Mogens Koch for Rud Rasmussen, modular book case or library, mahogany, Denmark, 1950s Intriguing and sizable modular library by Danish designer Moge...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Rud Rasmussen

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Mahogany

Canvas Safari Easy Chair by Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
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 Rud Rasmussen

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Canvas, Wood

Kaare Klint Armchair Model 3758a in Leather and Mahogany Rud Rasmussen Denmark
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
Located in WIJCKEL, NL
Armchair model 3758 A in original red indian leather and mahogany base. Model designed in 1927 for the Danish Museum of Decorative Art, produced by Rud Rasmussen in the 1940’s. Signed with manufacturer’s label to underside: (Rud. Rasmussens Snedkerier). Kaare Klint is widely recognized as the father of Danish modern design. It is hard to overstate his influence. He developed an entirely new analytical approach to furniture design that his students at the Danish Academy of Art would emulate for years to come, yet was also inspired by historic designs from various cultures, modernizing and re-interpreting classic pieces for new generations. Literature: Kaare Klint, Harkær, pg. 28-30. Dansk Møbelkunst Gennem 40 Aar: 1927-1936, Jalk, pg. 169. Danish Chairs, Oda, pg. 22-23. Kaare Klint (1888-1954) is regarded as the founding father of Danish Modernim. As an architect, furniture designer and leading professor at the Department of Furniture Design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Klint established the principles of modern Danish furniture by combining a profound appreciation of traditional construction techniques with a modernist emphasis on function and a rejection of ornaments. Klint’s design was always based on relentless research; he never compromised. Every piece had to fulfill its purpose, be completely clear in its construction with dimensions and proportions corresponding to the human body and display materials and craftsmanship of the highest quality. Logic, often using a mathematical system of measures, and a constructive way of thinking were the foundation of Klint’s philosophy of furniture design. Like many of his contemporaries, counting Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, he advocated standardization and functional requirements and dismissed the use of all ornamentation. But Klint realized his vision in wood and leather, using traditional craftsmen and working methods and often finding inspiration in historical models. In this way, he charted the course for an alternative Nordic Functionalism that idealized the workshop and the collaboration between furniture architects and cabinetmakers as opposed to the factory. Kaare Klint’s first major work was a collaboration with his mentor, the architect Carl Petersen. In 1914 they were commissioned to design furniture and fixtures for Faaborg Art Museum. One of the highlights to emerge from this commission was the Faaborg chair, a light and elegant chair with clear references to classical furniture. The construction and proportions of an 18th century English Chippendale...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Rud Rasmussen

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Leather, Mahogany

Mogens Koch ‘Mk-16’ Safari Chair for Rud Rasmussen
By Mogens Koch, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Mogens Koch furniture designed a lot of award wining midcentury furniture. The Danish architect was known for his functional approach to furniture design and for prioritizing comfort and accessibility. Koch also drew on older traditions and techniques. His chairs and tables show the influence of the Shaker Style and Englisch pieces of the 18th century. Koch was born in Copenhagen and attended the Royal Danisch Academy of fine Arts. After graduating, he worked as an assistant to Kaare Klint, an important figure in Danish modernism who was responsible for establishing the furniture design program at Koch’s alma mater. Klint favored historical styles and inspired Koch to view furniture design as an evolutionary process built on the traditions of the past. Over the course of their partnership, in the late 1920s, Koch began creating modular bookcases. In 1932, Rud Rasmussen began to produce Koch designs. An early Koch seating design that the Danish manufacturer made was the MK Safari...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Rud Rasmussen

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Leather, Beech

Mogens Koch Four Bookcases for Rud Rasmussen
By Mogens Koch, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Mogens Koch four bookcases in pine. Executed by Rud Rasmussen. Reverse with paper labels ‘RUD. RASMUSSENS/SNEDKERIER/KØBENHAVN/DANMARK.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Rud Rasmussen

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Pine

  • Mogens Koch Four Bookcases for Rud Rasmussen
  • Mogens Koch Four Bookcases for Rud Rasmussen
  • Mogens Koch Four Bookcases for Rud Rasmussen
  • Mogens Koch Four Bookcases for Rud Rasmussen
H 29.93 in W 119.69 in D 10.83 in
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, Safari Chair with ottoman
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen. Safari chair new upholstered with Vintage aniline leather. With ottoman. Frame in solid ash. Model Safari chair, made by Rud Rasmussen.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Rud Rasmussen

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Leather, Ash

Mogens Lassen Egyptian table in Elm, Rud Rasmussen
By Mogens Lassen, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Mogens Lassen round coffee table in partly solid Elm wood. Brass details. Model Egyptian table, made by Rud Rasmussen.
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Early 2000s Danish Scandinavian Modern Rud Rasmussen

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Brass

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Rud Rasmussen furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Rud Rasmussen furniture 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 Rud Rasmussen furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Rud Rasmussen were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Kaare Klint, Illum Wikkelsø, and Peter Hvidt. Prices for Rud Rasmussen furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $750 and can go as high as $104,526, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $6,000.

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