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Safari Chair

About the Design

The Safari chair, created by legendary Danish designer Kaare Klint (1888–1954) in 1933, has roots in one of the earliest known examples of do-it-yourself furniture. Specific accounts vary, but Klint was inspired by an image of a Roorkhee chair (perhaps spotted in a travel guide) being used on an African safari.

Named for the headquarters of the Indian Army Corps of Engineers in Roorkhee, a city in Northern India, the Roorkhee chair was a military campaign chair that was popular with British officers during World War I. The chair’s maker, who was tasked in the late 19th century with developing lightweight, adaptable seating that could be quickly taken apart for the British military, remains unknown. The Roorkhee’s seat was made of stretched canvas while the armrests were leather straps, and it was probably the design’s practical simplicity that appealed to Klint, who is celebrated for having incorporated rigorous research on precedents, proportions and materials into his designs.

At the time of the Safari chair’s inception, Klint — whose start in design owes to the influence of his father, architect P.V. Jensen Klint, as well as a furniture-making apprenticeship at age 15 — was already playing a prominent role in the trajectory of Danish design. He was a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in furniture design (a department he founded in 1924), where his students included Hans Wegner, Ole Wanscher and others. Through his own remarkable designs as well as his teaching, Klint became known as the “father of Danish modernism.”

Although Klint’s interpretation of the clever military campaign chair design is the most faithful to the original, other modern chairs based on the Roorkhee include Le Corbusier’s Basculant chair and the Wassily chair designed by Marcel Breuer.

The Safari chair’s flexible structure sees an integration of loose mortise-and-tenon joints that are strengthened when someone sits in it. As compared to vintage versions of the Roorkhee, it’s clear that Klint made important changes in designing his chair, such as an angling of the seat that better supports ergonomics. The chair was originally produced by Rud Rasmussen Snedkerier and exhibited at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition in 1933.

Today, the solid wood Safari — made of Danish ash with a canvas or ox-hide seat and saddle-leather armrests — is manufactured by Carl Hansen & Søn. A seat cushion and footstool are available, and like its lightweight 1930s-era prototype, the chair can be assembled and taken apart without the use of tools.

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Kaare Klint the "Red Chair" for Rud Rasmussen Model 3758
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
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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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Beech

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 Chairs

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Canvas, Wood

Safari Chair by Kaare Klint, 1969
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
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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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Ash

Safari Chairs Designed by Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, Denmark, 1960s
By Kaare Klint
Located in Antwerp, BE
Kaare Klint, safari chairs, Denmark Danish canvas and leather safari chairs Full original pieces which show signs of patina and wear. We do have an in house re-upholstery servic...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Canvas, Wood

Kaare Klint "Safari" Lounge Chairs in Light Leather & Ash, Rud Rasmussen, 1950s
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Odense, DK
Absolutely stunning pair of vintage "Safari" chairs in patinated light oxhide and solid stained ash. Designed by Kaare Klint in the 1930s and manufactured by cabinetmaker Rud. Rasmus...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Ash

KK47000 Safari Chair in Smoked Stain by Kaare Klint
By Kaare Klint, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Farmingdale, NJ
Kaare Klint’s KK47000 safari chair is a refinement of the chairs brought on an African safari by an American cinematographer and his wife. Klint noticed them in the couple’s photos. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Chairs

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Ash

2 Kaare Klint Safari Chairs with Black Leather by Rud Rasmussen, Denmark 1960s
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
Located in Aarhus C, DK
A set of two vintage safari chairs by the Danish architect and furniture designer Kaare Klint (1888-1954) Manufactured by cabinetmaker Rud. Rasmussen in Copenhagen. The frame of...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen Safari Chairs in Brown Canvas and Ash
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, pair of safari chairs model 'KK47000', ash, canvas, metal, brass, leather, Denmark, designed in 1933 and produced in 1960s. The chair shows very el...
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Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Metal, Brass

Kaare Klint "Safari" Lounge Chairs in Red Leather and Ash, Rud Rasmussen, 1950s
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Odense, DK
Absolutely stunning pair of vintage "Safari" chairs in deeply patinated red oxhide and solid ash. Designed by Kaare Klint in the 1930s and manufactured by cabinetmaker Rud. Rasmussen...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Ash

Kaare Klint Safari Chair, Rasmussen Edition
By Kaare Klint
Located in Stamford, CT
A Model KK47000 Kaare Klint Safari chair produced in Denmark by Rasmussen.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, Safari Chair
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen. Safari chair new upholstered with black aniline leather. Straps in new butt leather. Frame in solid ash black laquered ash. Model Safari chair, m...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, Safari Chair
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen. Safari chair new upholstered with Vintage aniline leather. Straps maintained in the original patinated leather. Frame in solid ash. Model Safari ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Ash

Safari chair in canvas by Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, Denmark, model KK47000
By Kaare Klint
Located in Amstelveen, NL
The KK47000 Safari Chair is an iconic example of Kaare Klint’s design ideology. Klint effortlessly transformed an historical archetype into a modern, collapsible chair in the 1960's....
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Mid-20th Century Danish Campaign Armchairs

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Leather, Canvas, Softwood

1960s Danish Safari Chair in Tan Leather and Ash by Kaare Klint
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Shepperton, Surrey
The original Danish safari chair by Kaare Klint for Rud. Rasmussen. First produced in 1933, this example was made in the 1960s from ash wood and now beautifully patinated leather....
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

1960s Pair of Kaare Klint Safari Chair Produced by Rud Rasmussen, Denmark
By Kaare Klint
Located in Praha, CZ
-Very good condition with minor signs of wear - Leather with minor signs of use.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather

Safari Chair by Kaare Klint by Rud Rasmussen, Denmark
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
Safari chair by Kaare Klint by Rud Rasmussen, Denmark. Light red leather. Very good condition.  
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Beech, Leather

Kaare Klint, Cognac Leather Safari Chair for Rud Rasmussen, 1960s
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Uppsala, SE
The legendary safari chair in cognac coloured leather on a very dark oak frame designed by the grandfather of Danish design, Kaare Klint, in 1933 for his long time collaborator Rud R...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Kaare Klint KK47000 "Safari" Chair in Patinated Leather, Denmark, 1930s
By Kaare Klint
Located in Utrecht, NL
Kaare Klint’s “KK47000” Safari chair is a refined version of the chairs brought on an African safari by an American cinematographer and his wife. Klint noticed the chairs in the coup...
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Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Kaare Klint Safari Chair Produced by Rud Rasmussen in Denmark
By Kaare Klint
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare safari chair designed by Kaare Klint. Produced by Rud Rasmussen in Denmark.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

KK47000 Safari Chair in Ash Oil by Kaare Klint
By Kaare Klint, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Farmingdale, NJ
Kaare Klint’s KK47000 safari chair is a refinement of the chairs brought on an African safari by an American cinematographer and his wife. Klint noticed them in the couple’s photos. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Chairs

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Ash

Kaare Klint Safari Chair, Rasmussen Edition
By Kaare Klint
Located in Stamford, CT
Kaare Klint Safari chair - Rasmussen Edition of canvas and leather. With later canvas.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Canvas

Kaare Klint Safari Chair by Rud. Rasmussen
By Kaare Klint
Located in Stockholm, SE
Great black leather with very nice patina.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Safari Chair by Kaare Klindt in Cognac Leather
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Karlstad, SE
Classic Safari chair by Kaare Klindt, manufactured by Rud Rasmusen, Denmark. This chair shows perfect original patina on the leather. Condition: The leather is well taken care of an...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, Safari Chair
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen. Safari chair new upholstered with black aniline leather. Straps in new butt leather. Frame in solid ash stained ash. Model Safari chair, made by ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Ash

Danish Midcentury Lounge Chair & Ottoman in Patinated Leather by Kaare Klint
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
Located in Lejre, DK
Safari chair and ottoman in leather. Designed by Maa. Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen cabinetmakers of Denmark in 1933. Great original condition.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, Pair of Safari Chairs
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen. Pair of Safari chairs new upholstered with vintage aniline leather. New straps of butt hide leather. Frame in solid ash. Model Safari chair, made...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Black Leather Safari Chair by Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Belmont, MA
Danish architect and furniture designer Kaare Klint designed this safari chair for manufacturer Rud Rasmussen.  
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Kaare Klint "Safari Chair & Ottoman" in Leather for Rud Rasmussen, Denmark 1960s
By Kaare Klint
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare safari chair and ottoman designed by Kaare Klint and produced by "Rud Rasmussens Snedkerier" in Denmark in the 1960s. Chair and ottoman are in good vintage condition showing sig...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, Safari Chair
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen. Safari chair new upholstered with black aniline leather. Straps in new butt leather. Frame in solid ash. Model Safari chair, made by Rud Rasmussen.
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Pair of Pristine Midcentury Lounge Chairs in Patinated Leather by Kaare Klint
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
Located in Lejre, DK
Pair of safari chairs in patinated leather. Designed by Maa. Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen Cabinetmakers of Denmark in 1933. Great original condition.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, Safari Chair, Original Leather, 1960s
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen. Safari chairs original patinated aniline leather. Straps maintained in the original patinated leather. Frame in solid ash. Model Safari chair, m...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Ash, Leather

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