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K A A R E   K L I N T

The architect, furniture designer and professor, Kaare Klint (1888-1954), made an indelible mark on Danish design and architecture in the 20th century. Widely regarded as the founder of modern Danish design, Klint possessed an inimitable talent for combining aesthetics and functionality. This skill is evident in his timeless furniture creations that continue to inspire and captivate.   Klint's influence extended far beyond his own works. In 1924, he co-founded the Department of Furniture Design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, where his unequivocal impact on the students played a pivotal role in shaping the trajectory of Danish design. At the school, he instilled in his students the value of meticulous craftsmanship and a range of principles, including precision, practicality, durability and profound respect for natural resources. Klint’s teachings became a source of inspiration for a generation of designers, including prominent figures such as Børge Mogensen, Hans J. Wegner, Nanna Ditzel, Mogens Koch and Poul Kjærholm. These individuals, later credited with contributing significantly to the golden age of Danish design, were deeply influenced by his philosophy. In particular, Børge Mogensen, who had served as Klint's assistant, continued to embody and advance Klint’s design principles. This influence is evident in Mogensen's work and, notably, in the contributions he later made to the Fredericia Furniture design company as founding designer.

 

 

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