Kaare Klint

From the Carl Hansen website:

Kaare Klint also founded the Furniture and Spatial Design Department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, where he employed a teaching method considered radical in his day. He asked students to construct furniture items from the inside out, based on thorough pre-analysis. The outward style was less significant; instead, the focus was on function analysis, choice of materials, and material processing.

Klint's influence led to a comprehensive renewal of Danish furniture design. He demanded clear and logical structures, with nothing superficial - only honest, pure lines, the best materials, and genuine craftsmanship. 

  The “Red Chair” was designed for the Danish Museum of Art & Design’s lecture hall in 1927. You can pick up a set for your dining room on 1stdibs right now for $29,000.

The “Red Chair” was designed for the Danish Museum of Art & Design’s lecture hall in 1927. You can pick up a set for your dining room on 1stdibs right now for $29,000.

"clear and logical structures, with nothing superficial".   Well, these ideas sound familiar.  While radical at the time, his design philosophy would influence many other designers including his students Borg Morgensen and Poul Kjærholm.   

A couple of years ago I went to visit what I consider to be one of the most sacred feeling examples of architecture on the planet.  Designed by Kaare Klint's father, P.V. Jensen-Klint, Grundtvig's Church in Copenhagen is constructed almost entirely of white brick.   P.V. didn't live to see it finished so his son Kaare completed the job and designed the fantastic shaker inspired chairs that make church pews seem like the Medieval seating that they are.  I think it is great that this building looks as Modern and beautiful today as the day it was completed in 1940.   It's 100% Klint and I get the sense that the Danes have never even considered altering it.  

So I guess it is correct to say that we are standing on the shoulders of giants who in-turn stood on the shoulders of giants.