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Kaare Klint
TWO 'ADDITION' CHAIRS AND STOOLS, MODEL NO. 4698
Cuban mahogany, Niger leather
chairs each: 79 x 91.5 x 61 cm (31  1/8  x 35  1/2  x 24 in.)
stools each: 35.5 x 91.5 x 61 cm  (14 x 35  1/2  x 24 in.)
designed 1933, produced circa 1940
executed by cabinetmakers Rud. Rasmussen A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Literature

Grete Jalk, ed., Dansk Møbelkunst gennem 40 aar, vol. 1: 1927-1936, Copenhagen, 1987, p. 170
Grete Jalk, ed., Dansk Møbelkunst gennem 40 aar, vol. 4: 1957-1966, Copenhagen, 1987, p. 214
Gorm Harkær, Kaare Klint: vol. 1, Copenhagen, 1988, p. 349, p. 359 for a technical drawing
Gorm Harkær, Kaare Klint: vol. 2, Copenhagen, 1988, p. 40

Catalogue Note

Designer Ole Wanscher, upon seeing Kaare Klints stand at the 1933 Copenhagen Cabinetmakers guild remarked '...a number of firms have dared to make... furniture which is only distinguished by its well-planned proportions and exquisite materials. The architect Kaare Klint's work has been of fundamental importance to this...'

Known as the father of Danish Modernism, Kaare Klint dared to reduce his forms to their essential. Working with carefully measured proportions and leaving nothing to chance, Klint executed his designs using fine and high quality materials such as Cuban Mahogany and Niger leather. Bucking the trend of highly polished woods and dyed leathers popular at the time, Klint choose to leave the materials as close to their original state as possible, as noted again by Ole Wanscher: 'It seems so easy to make things which are genuine and simple... but this is not true in the furniture trade. Here it is still something of a feat to be natural.' 

The present model was exhibited at the 'Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild', Industriforeningen, Copenhagen, 16 September–1 October 1933, Stands 15 and 16.

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