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Kai Kristiansen Rosewood Dining Chairs, circa 1957-1970

$2,380.44Asking Priceper item

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Kai Kristiansen's dining chairs designed in 1957 are still chic today. Paere Dansk sells these chairs in a variety of wood types from a variety of periods but this listing is for up to 18 chairs made of rosewood between 1957 and 1970. These 1950-60s edition chairs were made 44-56 years ago of rio-rosewood. The frames have been stripped, sanded down by hand and re-lacquered to restore to original glory. The images show our showroom models. Upon request, we can send images of actual chair frames waiting to be reupholstered to your specification.

Details

  • Creator
    Kai Kristiansen (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30.71 in. (78 cm)Width: 21.26 in. (54 cm)Depth: 21.26 in. (54 cm)Seat Height: 16.93 in. (43 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1957-1970
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU9907847901

About the Designer

Kai Kristiansen

With a passion for math and engineering, Kai Kristiansen has created high-quality wood furniture for decades. Beginning in the 1950s, his 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.

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