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Captivated by the chairs an American cinematographer and his wife had used on their African safari, Kaare Klint set out to transform the portable knockdown archetype into an elegant design for modern interiors.

Designed by Kaare Klint.


The safari chairs in the couple's photos were likely based on Indian Roorkhee Chairs used by the British military - possibly the first examples of self-assembled furniture.

The archetype featured glue-less joints, tool-free assembly, and an intelligent construction that caused the joints to tighten when the chair was occupied, enhancing strength and stability.

Klint delved into simplifying, clarifying and refining the chair's composition, exhibiting his final Safari Chair design in 1933 at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers' Guild Exhibition. While inspired by its British predecessor, Klint's sophisticated, lightweight chair is defined by his signature systematic approach, fine craftsmanship, well-conceived proportions, and remarkable material effects.

The chair is made of solid wood and features a canvas or leather seat and back. The armrests are produced in saddle leather. 


The designer

Kaare Klint

Kaare Klint's influence as a professor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Furniture School in Copenhagen from 1924-54 led to a renewal of Danish furniture design. His teaching and designs were radical at the time as he focused heavily on functional analysis, the best materials and uncompromising craftsmanship.

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