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Safari Chair

About the Design

The Safari chair, created by legendary Danish designer Kaare Klint (1888–1954) in 1933, has roots in one of the earliest known examples of do-it-yourself furniture. 


Specific accounts vary, but Klint was inspired by an image of a Roorkhee chair (perhaps spotted in a travel guide) being used on an African safari. Named for the headquarters of the Indian Army Corps of Engineers in Roorkhee, a city in Northern India, the Roorkhee chair was a military campaign chair that was popular with British officers during World War I. The chair’s maker, who was tasked in the late 19th century with developing lightweight, adaptable seating that could be quickly taken apart for the British military, remains unknown. The Roorkhee’s seat was made of stretched canvas while the armrests were leather straps, and it was probably the design’s practical simplicity that appealed to Klint, who is celebrated for having incorporated rigorous research on precedents, proportions and materials into his designs. 


At the time of the Safari chair’s inception, Klint — whose start in design owes to the influence of his father, architect P.V. Jensen Klint, as well as a furniture-making apprenticeship at age 15 — was already playing a prominent role in the trajectory of Danish design. He was a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in furniture design (a department he founded in 1924), where his students included Hans Wegner, Ole Wanscher and others. Through his own remarkable designs as well as his teaching, Klint became known as the “father of Danish modernism.”


Although Klint’s interpretation of the clever military campaign chair design is the most faithful to the original, other modern chairs based on the Roorkhee include Le Corbusier’s Basculant chair and the Wassily chair designed by Marcel Breuer. The Safari chair’s flexible structure sees an integration of loose mortise-and-tenon joints that are strengthened when someone sits in it. Alongside vintage versions of the Roorkhee, it’s clear that important updates have been made to Klint’s inspiration over the years, such as an angling of the seat that better supports ergonomics. The chair was originally produced by Rud Rasmussen Snedkerier and exhibited at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition in 1933. Today, the solid wood Safari — made of Danish ash with a canvas or ox-hide seat and saddle-leather armrests — is manufactured by Carl Hansen & Søn. A seat cushion and footstool are available, and like its lightweight 1930s-era prototype, the chair can be assembled and taken apart without the use of tools. 


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1960s Danish Safari Chair in Tan Leather and Ash by Kaare Klint
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
Located in Shepperton, Surrey
The original Danish safari chair by Kaare Klint for Rud. Rasmussen. First produced in 1933, this example was made in the 1960s from ash wood and now beautifully patinated leather....
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Ash

Kaare Klint Canvas Safari Chair, Denmark, 1950s
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
Located in Berkhamsted, GB
Kaare Klint Safari chair in ash with original canvas seat, cushion and back. In original condition. Designed in 1933 and made by Rud Rasmussen, Denmark, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Canvas, Oak

KK47000 Safari Chair in Smoked Stain by Kaare Klint
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Kaare Klint
Located in New York, NY
Kaare Klint’s KK47000 safari chair is a refinement of the chairs brought on an African safari by an American cinematographer and his wife. Klint noticed them in the couple’s photos. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Chairs

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Ash

KK47000 Safari Chair in Ash Oil by Kaare Klint
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Kaare Klint
Located in New York, NY
Kaare Klint’s KK47000 safari chair is a refinement of the chairs brought on an African safari by an American cinematographer and his wife. Klint noticed them in the couple’s photos. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Chairs

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Ash

Pair of Kaare Klint Safari Chairs, 1960s
By Kaare Klint
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lovely pair of Safari chairs with patinated cognac brown leather. Designed by Kaare Klint in 1933, produced by Rud. Rasmussen, Denmark, 1960s.  
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Leather

Kaare Klint Safari Chairs Produced by Rud Rasmussen in Denmark
By Kaare Klint
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare pair of safari easy chairs designed by Kaare Klint. Produced by Rud Rasmussen in Denmark.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Kaare Klint Safari Chair Produced by Rud Rasmussen in Denmark
By Kaare Klint
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare safari chair designed by Kaare Klint. Produced by Rud Rasmussen in Denmark.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Kaare Klint Safari Chairs Produced by Rud Rasmussen in Denmark
By Kaare Klint
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare pair of safari chairs designed by Kaare Klint. Produced by Rud Rasmussen in Denmark. Original invoice from 1962 is included. 4 chairs are available.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Safari Chairs Designed by Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, Denmark, 1960s
By Kaare Klint
Located in Antwerp, BE
Kaare Klint, safari chairs, Denmark Danish canvas and leather safari chairs Full original pieces which show signs of patina and wear. We do have an in house re-upholstery servic...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Canvas, Wood

Pair of "Safari" Lounge Chairs by Kaare Klint
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of amazing “Safari” lounge chairs by Kaare Klint. Oak frame with nicely tapering legs, cognac leather with heavy patina. Very nice leather details.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Oak, Leather

Red Leather Safari Chair by Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Belmont, MA
Red leather Safari chair by Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Black Leather Safari Chair by Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Belmont, MA
Danish architect and furniture designer Kaare Klint designed this safari chair for manufacturer Rud Rasmussen.  
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Danish Midcentury Lounge Chair & Ottoman in Patinated Leather by Kaare Klint
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Lejre, DK
Safari chair and ottoman in leather. Designed by Maa. Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen cabinetmakers of Denmark in 1933. Great original condition.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, Safari Chair
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen. Safari chair new upholstered with black aniline leather. Straps in new butt leather. Frame in solid ash stained ash. Model Safari chair, made by ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, Safari Chair
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen. Safari chair new upholstered with black aniline leather. Straps in new butt leather. Frame in solid ash. Model Safari chair, made by Rud Rasmussen.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, Safari Chair
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen. Safari chair new upholstered with black aniline leather. Straps in new butt leather. Frame in solid ash black laquered ash. Model Safari chair, m...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Midcentury Safari Chair Kaare Klint by Rud Rasmussen
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Langserud, SE
This edition of the very famous safari chair was produced in Denmark at Rud Rasmussen and designed by Kaare Klint. The lounge chair is made in canvas, leather and oak. Good vinta...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Canvas, Oak

Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen, Safari Chair
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen. Safari chair new upholstered with Vintage aniline leather. Straps maintained in the original patinated leather. Frame in solid ash. Model Safari ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Pair of Pristine Midcentury Lounge Chairs in Patinated Leather by Kaare Klint
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Lejre, DK
Pair of safari chairs in patinated leather. Designed by Maa. Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen Cabinetmakers of Denmark in 1933. Great original condition.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Kaare Klint Safari Chair
By Kaare Klint, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Berkeley, CA
This gorgeous Danish modern safari chair was designed by Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen in the 1933. The exposed oak frame uses the support of doweled rods, slung leather, and brass b...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Safari Chair by Kaare Klint, 1969
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning safari chair designed by Kaare Klint for Rud. Rasmussen’s Snedkerier, with patinated ash frame, seat, back, straps and loose cushion in leather, designed in 1933, produced 1...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Safari Chair by Kaare Klint
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
Located in Lejre, DK
Safari chair in elm and well patinated natural leather designed by Maa. Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussen cabinetmakers in 1933. This chair is from the 1960s. Made in Denmark. Great orig...
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Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Elm

Safari Chair by Kaare Klindt in Cognac Leather
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
Located in Karlstad, SE
Classic Safari chair by Kaare Klindt, manufactured by Rud Rasmusen, Denmark. This chair shows perfect original patina on the leather. Condition: The leather is well taken care of an...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Safari Chair by Kaare Klint by Rud Rasmussen, Denmark
By Rud Rasmussen, Kaare Klint
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
Safari chair by Kaare Klint by Rud Rasmussen, Denmark. Light red leather. Very good condition.  
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Beech, Leather

Kaare Klint Safari Chair by Rud. Rasmussen
By Kaare Klint
Located in Stockholm, SE
Great black leather with very nice patina.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather