Kaare Klint’s furniture hold a special position in the story of modern Danish design. Several decades after their creation, iconic works such as Klint’s Red Chair Series, sofas and Faaborg Chair are still highly sought-after pieces, as they laid the foundation for the Danish Modern phenomenon worldwide.
As a teacher and co-founder of the Department of Furniture Design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, established in 1924, Klint inspired a new generation of designers, including Arne Jacobsen, Mogens Koch and Poul Kjærholm. Today, Klint is regarded as a reformer: as one of the first designers to put functionalism and the practical study of architecture and furniture design principles above style, he redefined a period otherwise characterized by style-focused academic teaching.
Created for Faaborg Museum in Denmark in 1914, his iconic Faaborg Chair is an early example of this approach. With its elegantly curved legs, woven back and sides and clean silhouette it references classic chairs while marking the transition to a more modern aesthetic.
Furthermore, it takes a skilled weaver about 20 hours to complete the complex pattern, making it a true representation of the passionate craftsmanship at Carl Hansen & Søn’s core.
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To celebrate the foundations and legacy of Danish Modern, Carl Hansen & Søn brings to life the story of its founding father, Kaare Klint. Knud Erik Hansen, CEO and third generation owner of Carl Hansen & Søn, and Anne-Louise Sommer, Director of Designmuseum Danmark, discuss Klint’s distinctive approach to design, his legacy as the founding father of Danish Modern and Carl Hansen & Søn’s mission to preserve the unique history and craftsmanship of his iconic designs.
When you choose a Carl Hansen & Søn product, you gain more than just a piece of furniture. You become part of a proud tradition of distinctive and beautiful craftsmanship, where nothing has been left to chance. The world’s largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner, we also produce works by renowned design masters such as Arne Jacobsen, Børge Mogensen, Ole Wanscher, Kaare Klint, Poul Kjærholm, Mogens Koch, Bodil Kjær and Tadao Ando. Carl Hansen & Søn represents over 100 years of Danish design history and our furniture is sold all over the world.