Kaare Klint is arguably the most important figure of modern Danish design. He was born in 1888 Fredericksberg, Copenhagen. There he studied painting at the Polytechnic until 1903 before training under his father; architect Peder Vilhelm Jensen Klint. Kaare Klint went on to complete much of his father’s work after his death in 1930.
The first piece of furniture he realised was the Faaborg chair in 1914, designed for the Faaborg Museum. Klint then became self-employed as a designer from 1917 and worked for the firms Fritz Hansen and Rudolf Rasmussen. In 1924 he helped to establish the influential Department of Furniture at the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen. He was an influential teacher at this furniture school and he shaped the development of renowned Danish designers such as Poul Kjærholm, Børge Mogensen and Ole Wanscher.
Kaare Klint looked back to the traditions of skilled craftsmanship to build an understanding of materials and construction methods used in classical furniture. He was a believer that meticulous attention to detail and knowledge of materials was essential in designing new furniture. Klint spent a great deal of his career conducting detailed studies on the relationship between furniture design and human proportions. Interested in redefining and fine-tuning the chair as the optimal tool for sitting, he worked on his furniture from the inside out.
“A designer can learn to construct an item of furniture, section by section, on the basis of these dry facts, but at the same time give it the changing artistic form that suits him and his time” – Kaare Klint.