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Kaare Klint Set of 12 'Red Chairs' Model KK39490, Nigerian Goatskin Upholstery

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This highly coveted set of chairs by Kaare Klint was made by master cabinetmaker Rud Rasmussen in mahogany and the Nigerian goatskin upholstery with brass nails for which Klint was best known. Nigerian goatskin has an expressive texture that is unique to the animal from which the leather takes its name. It is also extremely durable due to its tight grain, which also gives the surface a beautiful sheen. Each chair carries the original paper label of the cabinetmaker as well as the circular monogram label of Kaare Klint. Also available as a set of 10 or 8. History of the 'Red Chair' The 'Red Chair' was designed for the Danish Museum of Art and Design’s lecture hall in 1927. Its name derives from the reddish tone of the local earth dyes used by villagers on the Nigerian goatskin upholstery in many of the early chairs. The chair comes in three sizes, with or without arms, in different upholstery, and with or without nails. Klint exhibited a slight variation of the chair at the 1929 Barcelona Exposition, where it won the Grand Prix. Another variant was made for the Thorvaldsen Museum in Copenhagen. The chair was a revolution when it first appeared. Architects and the public alike embraced it for its streamlined, elegant form and comfort. The inspiration for the design is an 18th century Chippendale chair. In September 1927 Ole Wanscher, Klint’s star pupil, was given the task of surveying a Chippendale chair that belonged to Gustav Falck, director of the National Gallery of Denmark who owned a number of old English chairs in Chippendale style from circa 1750-1760. For Klint, the chair was the beginning of his use of firm padding with upholstery nails. The very first models had nails covered in leather; later he used brass nails. The very specific placement of the nails, spaced at a nail’s width, is a deliberate visualization of how the skin is attached and also emphasizes and denotes the chair’s lines.     

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  • Condition
  • Dimensions
    H 33.25 in. x W 18.50 in. x D 18.50 in.H 84.46 cm x W 46.99 cm x D 46.99 cm
  • Seat Height
    17.50 in. (44.45 cm)
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Sold As
    Set of 12
  • Reference Number
    LU105508153063
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