Kaare Klint 1888 – 1954

Kaare Klint

Kaare Klint was a Danish architect and furniture designer widely considered to be the father of Danish Modern Furniture Design – a style characterised by clean, sleek lines, a focus on functionality, quality materials and superb craftsmanship. Kaare Klint apprenticed as a furniture maker from 1893 and was later taught the architectural trade by his father. Klint would go on to become professor and founder of the Faculty for Furniture Arts at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen 1924.

The-Propellor-Stool by Kaare Klint
Safari-Chairs by Kaare Klint

As such he had a significant influence on Danish Modern Furniture, its development and the next generation of furniture designers such as Poul Kjaerholm, Ole Wanscher and Borge Mogensen. Kaare Klint is remembered for his carefully considered designs, based on functionality and the proportions of the human body, along with his outstanding craftsmanship and the use of quality materials. Some of his better known pieces are still popular today, despite being designed over 80 years ago. Examples of his work include The Propellor Stool (1927), The Safari Chair (1933) and The Church Chair (1936).

Church-Chair by Kaare Klint
Faaborg-Chair by Kaare Klint

Throughout his own furniture design career, his tendencies toward perfectionism in terms of materials and craftsmanship kept him in a close relationship with Rud Rasmussen Cabinetmakers, who still produce a number of his designs today.