It is not without reason that Kaare Klint is called the father of modern furniture art. As founder of the School of Furniture Design, he led the way for future furniture designers such as Hans J. Wegner and Børge Mogensen.
Born: 1888 på Frederiksberg. Death: 1954 i København
"Order creates the foundation for beauty" — Kaare Klint
Kaare Jensen Klint's career began with a wish to be an artist, and Klint proved himself to be quite talented in that regard. When he was young, he studied at P. S. Krøyer's School under such instructors as Johan Rohde. At the young age of 16, he worked on the decorations for the Copenhagen Town Hall, giving some indication of just how talented Klint was. Kaare Klint continued painting throughout his life, but changed careers when his father, architect Peder Vilhelm Jensen Klint, took him on as an apprentice.
Under his father, young Kaare Klint learned early on to approach his craft seriously and ambitiously. Like his father, he was thorough, sought peace, and immersed himself in the material with awareness of what he was inheriting. He was talented, and in 1914, he landed his first big job: designing furniture for the Faaborg Museum together with Carl Petersen. There, Kaare Klint designed the famous Faaborg Chair, in which the 26-year-old architect expressed considerable design skill by creating a light, movable chair without anything superfluous. Later, he would also be asked to design furniture for Thorvald Stauning's office as prime minister, the Thorvaldsen Museum, the Glyptotek, and the David Collection.
The School of Furniture Design at the Academy of Fine Arts got underway with Kaare Klint at its helm, and he taught there from 1924 until his death in 1954. It was his versatile knowledge and broad experience in furniture, construction, and civil engineering which, together with his educational abilities and his ever-thorough study, secured him the job. One of Klint's most famous students was Børge Mogensen, who Klint hoped would succeed him as a professor. He was the student who was best able to pass on Kaare Klint's thoughts on furniture to the entire populace. Børge Mogensen carried on this thought in practice as head of FDB Furniture. Besides Børge Mogensen, Klint also made his mark on many of Denmark's greatest furniture designers, such as Ole Wanscher, Mogens Koch, Edvard Kindt-Larsen and Arne Karlsen.
Kaare Klint was open to sources of inspiration, and was greatly inspired by English, Chinese, and Southern European furniture. Klint supported building on the basis of tradition, and his style can be described as classic — with a modern twist. Klint cut away all the unnecessary decoration surrounding his sources of inspiration, simplifying them. Among his most famous furniture pieces are: The Faaborg Chair, the Safari Chair, the Church Chair, the Red Chair, the MIX Chair, the Addition Sofa, and many others.
Klint worked together with a number of furniture producers, such as Rud. Rasmussen Carpenters, Willy Beck, Bernstorffsminde Furniture Manufacturing, N. C. Jensen Kjær, Fritz Hansen, and N. M. Rasmussen.
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