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Kaare Klint

Kaare Klint

Kaare Klint - (1888-1954)


Kaare Klint worked as apprentice with his father, Peder Vilhelm Klint. The two architects (Peder Vilhelm Klint and Carl Petersen) designed the Grundvigs Church in Copenhagen.

Klint learned about the tradition of Danish workmanship realism also seen in works by Abildgaard and Bindesboell.

In order to produce correctly proportioned furniture, Kaare Klint had great interest in the human body and movements. In 1923 he was employed by the Academy of Fine Arts in the furniture department, where he in 1924 was appointed professor in architecture.

Through his own furniture design and his lectures, Kaare Klint had significant influence on generations on Danish furniture designers. He helped shape big Danish furniture designers such as Børge Mogensen, Poul Kjærholm and Ole Wanscher. Quality materials and workmanship were important factors for Klint in the making and design of furniture. He never approved the Bauhaus functionalism and Jugend style furniture was, according to Klint, awkward and too dominating.

His most acclaimed designs: The Faaborg-chair or the Frame-chair designed for Faaborg Museum in 1914. The Safari-chair (1933) and the Church chair was designed in 1930 for the Bethlehem church in Copenhagen - the first church benches with chairs. The facade renovation of the Grundtvigs Church in 1965 the architect was Esben Klint - son of Kaare Klint.

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