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Classically Chic Pair of "Mix" Armchairs by Kaare Klint in Striae Horsehair

Origin Denmark
Period 1920-1949
Materials Mahogany, Horsehair
Dimensions
W. 25 in; H. 31 in; D. 22 in;
W. 63.5 cm; H. 78.74 cm; D. 55.88 cm;
Seat H. 16 in;
Seat H. 40.64 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date mid-20th century
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description Kaare Klint (1888–1954)
(With Edvard Kindt-Larsen)
Pair “Mix” armchairs
Cuban mahogany with horsehair upholstery by Kaare Klint
Denmark 1930

Kaare Klint (1888–1954) was a profoundly influential figure in Danish design history. In addition to leaving a copious body of work, he was largely responsible for the establishment of the furniture program at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. The curriculum he developed and taught helped to shape the “Danish modern” phenomenon of the mid-20th century. A number of the next generation’s luminaries worked for him before becoming independent designers, including Børge Mogensen.
Klint espoused a philosophy that historical and vernacular furniture types had been repeatedly improved over time, achieving a highly developed sense of functional and aesthetics. A relentless perfectionist, Klint designed pieces notable for their highly considered proportions, construction and comfort.

The curriculum at the Royal Academy encouraged collaboration as a means to perfection. The final version of this chair was a collaboration between Klint and Edvard Kindt-Larsen, who had made the working drawing of the chair as part of a school project. Nicknamed the “Mix” chair based on a notation on a sketch by Klint, playing on the names of its creators, the chair was published in Architeckten in 1930 in an article by Klint about the furniture design program. The initial prototypes for the chair were made by N.C. Jensen Kjaer around 1930. Rud. Rasmussens Snedkerier of Copenhagen put them in production in 1931, with the model number 4396. The subtle play of curvature in the piece is remarkable: convex at top, concave in the seat, with a constant rolling line from one front leg to the top and down to the other leg. Depicted at righ is a two-sided sketch by Klint explaining the chair’s curvature.

Literature:
Gorm Harkaer, Kaare Klint, Copenhagen, Kilintiania, 2010, pg. 32
Arne Karlsen, Danish Furniture Design in the 20th Century, vol. 1, Copenhagen, Dansk Møbel Kunst, 1990, pgs. 62-63
Styles / Movements Art Deco, Mid Century, Modern
Book References Gorm Harkaer, Kaare Klint, Copenhagen, Kilintiania, 2010, pg. 32 Arne Karlsen, Danish Furniture Design in the 20th Century, vol. 1, Copenhagen, Dansk Møbel Kunst, 1990, pgs. 62-63
Incollect Reference Number 246682
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