Subscribe to The Conran Shop Newsletter
Kaare Klint is considered one of the most influential creators of his time. His pioneering method of teaching at Copenhagen's Royal Academy of Fine Arts Furniture School between 1924-54, which focused heavily on functional analysis, sparked a renewal of Danish furniture design, while his renowned honest, logical designs remain popular today.
Regarded as the father of Danish furniture design, with his portfolio including iconic creations such as the Faaborg and Safari chairs, Klint was around design from a young age, as his father Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint was an architect. However, Klint's career was angled towards furniture from the outset, marking the beginning of career in 1914 with the Faaborg chair for the Faaborg Museum in Denmark.
In 1923, Klint assisted in founding of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Furniture School and was appointed as professor there the following year. His radical teaching style, which focused heavily on analysis, encouraged students to design from the inside out, keeping function at the centre of the piece and avoiding obsession with its aesthetic effect. This approach revolutionised Danish furniture design, and some of his students went on to become prominent creators, contributing to the golden era of Danish design.
Safari Chair in Ash & Natural Canvas
Thoughtfully designed by Kaare Klint in 1933, the Safari chair takes its inspiration from an English office chair that he had seen in images from Africa.
Klint was particularly fascinated by a photograph that showed an author of a travel guide sitting with his wife in a tent in a savannah.
The Safari chair features an elegant silhouette and is both light and very functional. Consisting of 11 components – which can be detached and assembled without the use of tools – it’s made from oil-treated ash and upholstered in durable, natural-hued canvas.
Products by Kaare Klint