A pioneer of modern Danish design principles, designer, professor and architect Bodil Kjær refers to her furniture designs as architectural elements thanks to their sculptural qualities. By considering the context of each design, Kjær’s furniture is characterised by its lightness and functionalist expression.
After studying in London at the Royal College of Art and then the Architectural Association School of Architecture, Bodil Kjær enrolled at the Frederiksberg Technical College and the School of Interior Design. Here she was taught by the likes of Finn Juhl and Jørgen Ditzel. Beginning her professional career working as a senior architect for Arup in London, Kjær went on to establish her own Copenhagen and London-based studios in the 1960s.
Bodil Kjær was largely inspired by the work of modernist masters such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer and has a deep understanding of the relationship between architecture and design. Cleverly designing each piece to strike the perfect balance between modern form and function, Kjær carefully considers how the user will interact with it. Designing lighting, furniture and decorative accessories, Kjær is especially renowned for creating elegant office furniture.
BK13 Swing Sofa
Designed in 1959 by Bodil Kjær and crafted by Carl Hansen & Søn, the BK13 Swing Sofa would lend a striking design touch to any interior or exterior.
A clean-lined design fashioned from solid teak wood and accented with supportive, weather-resistant cushions in a canvas hue, the BK13 Swing Sofa is suspended by knotted ropes that have been specially designed to withstand harsh weather.
Inspired by Cubism and conceptualised as part of a series of architecturally-inspired indoor-outdoor furniture, the sculptural sofa features a clean-lined aesthetic that is enhanced by the expert craftsmanship visible in the woodwork.
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