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Kaare Klint "Safari" Lounge Chairs in Light Leather & Ash, Rud Rasmussen, 1950s

About the Item

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. Rasmussen, Copenhagen. These chairs are from the 1950s and is still in their original condition and has never been refinished. The leather has no damages or cracks. Original cushions. Marked by maker. Kaare Klint’s 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. They were most likely based on Indian Roorkhee Chairs used by the British military – possibly the first examples of self-assembled furniture. The original featured glueless joints, tool-free assembly, and an intelligent construction that caused the joints to tighten when the chair was occupied, enhancing strength and stability. Klint focused on simplifying, clarifying and refining the lounge chair’s composition, exhibiting his final Safari Chair design in 1933 at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition. While inspired by its British predecessor, Klint’s sophisticated, lightweight chair is defined by his signature systematic approach, fine craftsmanship, well-conceived proportions, and remarkable material effects.
  • Creator:
    Kaare Klint (Designer),Rud Rasmussen (Cabinetmaker)
  • Design:
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 31.89 in (81 cm)Width: 22.84 in (58 cm)Depth: 22.84 in (58 cm)Seat Height: 15.75 in (40 cm)
  • Sold As:
    Set of 2
  • Style:
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    circa 1955
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. Great original condition.
  • Seller Location:
    Odense, DK
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU3793129574572
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