Three-seater sofa designed by Kaare Klint, manufactured by cabinetmaker N.M. Rasmussen. Holbæk. H.
Burl oak and Niger leather.
Provenance: Commissioned by Chamberlain Valdemar Krieger for the Estruplund Estate in Djursland, Denmark. The sofa had previously never left Krieger's family.
Kaare Klint, the father of Modern Danish Design, designed this unique three-seater sofa in 1916. The sofa is among his very early designs and should thus be seen as a prime example of the first steps in the movement that would later evolve into the ‘golden age of Danish design’. The aesthetic of the sofa is characterised by clean, pure lines and the use of the best materials of the time — attributes that would later define the work of Kaare Klint as a whole.
The sofa shows the highest level of craftsmanship; it was manufactured by the renowned cabinetmaker N.M. Rasmussen. Holbæk. H. in Copenhagen. It is made of burl oak and has its original Niger leather cushions that show a deep patina without damage. While the piece has a sturdy base on elegant runners with a profiled finish, Klint achieved a sense of lightness by carving the feet and armrests and freeing up the area under the seat. The sofa has a boxy, geometric shape and shows Klint’s great interest in Neoclassicism.
This sofa was commissioned by Chamberlain Valdemar Krieger for the Estruplund Estate in Djursland. Krieger was a close friend of King Christian X, who was a frequent guest at Estruplund. Krieger furnished special rooms for the royal family's visits; one of these was a drawing room for playing bridge. It was for this room that Klint designed this unique sofa.
H: 73 cm/ 2' 5 1/4"
W: 225 cm/ 7' 2 5/8"
D: 85,5 cm/ 2' 7 1/8"
Seat H: 42 cm/ 17"
Below is a sketch by Kaare Klint. Faaborg Museum, Denmark.
Price: on application