Two-seater sofa model 5011 designed by Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen,
Original leather, mahogany and brass. Back covered in original canvas.
H: 92 cm/ 3''
L: 132 cm/ 4' 4''
D: 65,5 cm/ 26''
Seat height: 41 cm/ 16''
Shown at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild exhibition in 1935.
Provenance: private Danish collection
Literature: Gorm Harkær, Klintiana: “Kaare Klint”, vol. 2, p. 94.
Kaare Klint is widely recognized as the father of Danish modern design. It is hard to overstate his influence. He developed an entirely new analytical approach to furniture design that his students at the Danish Academy of Art would emulate for years to come, yet was also inspired by historic designs from various cultures, modernizing and re-interpreting classic pieces for new generations.
Kaare Klint died in 1954, having lived long enough to witness the start of the “golden age of Danish design” which he helped usher in. He was a mentor to many Danish designers who would go onto build very successful careers for themselves, including Hans J. Wegner, Mogens Koch, Arne Jacobsen, Børge Mogensen, and Poul Kjærholm.
"Klint’s work was characterized not only by the harmonious balance between form and materials, but also by his objects’ relationship to their environment, with Klint ensuring that his pieces never dominated a given space. His were objects of timeless utility that united form and function to create a greater whole." Rud Rasmussen.
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