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1960s Kai Kristiansen Set of Six Dining Chairs in Teak - Inc. Reupholstery

US$7,198.34per set

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Set of six Kai Kristiansen model 42 teak dining chairs with adjustable backrest for Schous Møbelfabrik. The chairs have Kai Kristiansens typical light and elegant design that make them fit in easily where you want them in your home - a design that was so uniqe that his colleague the famous designer Hans J. Wegner characterized model 42 as "beautiful from all angles" when the chair was revealed in 1956. Frames of the chairs have been restored and refinished by our cabinetmaker and are in good condition and the chairs will be reupholstered without extra cost in fabric of your choice from "Kvadrat" to ensure that you get the set of chairs you wish for when they arrive to your doorstep. Kai Kristiansen was one of the last pupils of the famous architect Kaare Klint who founded modern Danish design and laid the foundation for the "Danish Modern" style. During the years 1958-78 Kristiansen worked in his business in Aarhus owned jointly by himself and furniture maker Illum Wikkelsø (1919-99). Kristiansens works met their most intense demand during a few decades from 1950, then production of them was discontinued. However, several of them are now being produced again by the Japanese furniture producer Miyazaki Chair Mill in Tokushima. An Australien producer has also included Kristiansen production in their portfolio. Kai Kristiansen might have been the originator of mass produced furniture, had he accepted an offer from Ikea-founder Ingvar Kamprad. He declined to let himself enroll in the Ikea staff. Kristiansen exhibitions include numerous participations in furniture and design shows in Milano, Paris, Cologne and London. Among his most cherished works is the Paper Knife collection, including two sofas, a coffee table and an armchair. His 4110 og Handy chairs are also widely sold. In fact, the Kai Kristiansen name is probably better known by a selected global furniture design public than it is known generally in his home country.

Details

  • Creator
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.14 in. (74 cm)Width: 21.26 in. (54 cm)Depth: 18.12 in. (46 cm)Seat Height: 18.12 in. (46 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Fabric,Teak,Woodwork
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Refinished. Reupholstered. Repaired: chairs have been checkedf, restored if needed and refinished by skilled cabinetmaker to ensure that they are in very good condition. Wear consistent with age and use. Chairs have been restored and refinished by cabinetmaker and will be reupholstered with fabric of choice from "Kvadrat".
  • Seller Location
    Knebel, DK
  • Reference Number
    Seller: https://aleph-01.kb.dk/F/C3Y9GBGUSFGMBKNSS6QBTER59YDNA3KQT7MHN991stDibs: LU271339112581

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    Ships From: Knebel, Denmark
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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About the Design

Chair #42

Designed by Kai Kristiansen
A radical, simple piece of furniture, Kai Kristiansen's (b. 1929) Chair #42 perfectly exemplifies Danish modern design’s meld of form, space and functionality. Produced in 1956 for Danish manufacturer Schou Andersen, the functional and modest properties of Kristiansen’s minimalist dining chair are emphasized when viewed from the front. Admiring Chair #42 from the side tells a different story, however, as the focus shifts from its sharply inclined rear legs and joined armrests to a tilting, floating backrest. The chair’s profile is dramatic and radical, and examining the frame from this perspective helps clarify why Chair #42 earned the nickname “Z Chair” over the years. Kristiansen’s elegant piece is both simple and technically difficult, its soft lines belying the expert craftsmanship therein while referencing earlier artisan furniture that influenced the Danish modern movement as well as Kristiansen himself. Trained as a cabinetmaker, Kristiansen studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen under Kaare Klint, who is widely recognized as one of the founders of modern Danish design. The young Kristiansen established his practice soon after, focusing mostly on seating and storage for prominent Danish manufacturers such as Andersen, Fritz Hansen and Magnus Olesen. While he’s largely known for the quality of his designs, Kristiansen was equally comfortable designing chairs, desks, sideboards and wall units. He designed the Model 31 chair shortly after Chair #42 — a similar model, with inlaid arms — as well as the popular Paper Knife series of sofas and chairs. As a designer, Kristiansen favored teak and rosewood, and garnered major renown for his dark-wood FM modular wall unit in 1957 for Feldballes Møbelfabrik. The customizable shelving system was popular throughout Europe and in the United States, and remains one of the best-known examples of modular shelving, predating Dieter Rams’s 606 Universal Shelving System for Vitsoe by several years. Many of Kristiansen’s designs fell out of production due to their manufacturing challenges, although some collections have recently been reissued by Japan’s Miyazaki Chair Factory. The stripped-down, spare Chair #42 is one of the earliest modern ergonomic chairs, specifically designed to support the sitter. Suitable for a dining room or as a reading chair, it is Kristiansen’s best-known chair. The piece has effectively remained in production since the 1950s and is currently available from Miyazaki.
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