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Kaare Klint

Kaare Klint

Kaare Jensen Klint (1888-1954) is one of the personalities in the Danish design history, who has had the greatest influence on the culture of designing furniture. He is rightly called the father of modern furniture design. Kaare Klint was the son of architect P. V. Jensen Klint and was early introduced to the field. Kaare Klint graduated as an architect at the Kunstnernes Studieskole, where he was educated by Carl Petersen and his father P. V. Jensen Klint. Kaare Klint had a great passion for crafts and ergonomics and was especially focused on designing furniture that suited the measurements and movements of the body. For the same reason, Kaare Klint performed a number of functional and proportional studies in 1916-17. The studies clarified which measurements should be the basis for design and size of different furniture types. When he participated in the foundation of the Academy of Fine Arts in 1923, he was appointed professor and lecturer and was given the opportunity to spread his studies. Through his teaching and his own furniture design, he became an inspiration for a whole generation of Danish furniture designers, including Børge Mogensen, Arne Jacobsen and Hans J. Wegner.

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