Kaare Klint

Danish, 1888 - 1954
A mentor and professor to many of the pioneers on this list, Kaare Klint is considered by many to be the father of modern Dutch furniture design. He was one of the founders of the Furniture School at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. His students went on to become prominent design influencers who spearheaded the golden age of Danish Design between 1945 and 1975. Klint taught his students how to construct furniture items from the inside out through functional analysis, emphasizing the importance of functionality and choice of materials. Among his famous designs are the Safari Chair, Faaborg Chair, and the X-Base Sofa. Kaare Klint chairs lamps and other furniture remain popular today. 
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