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KK41180 - KK41181

Kaare Klint designed the KK41181 sofa with high sides and crossbars beneath the seats for the Danish Prime Minister's office. This ingenious construction is very characteristic of Klint, since it makes sitting not only elegant, but also more pleasant by leaving extra room for the sitter's legs.

Designed by Kaare Klint


The KK41181 sofa was designed by Kaare Klint for the Danish Prime Minister Thorvald Stauning in 1930. Seating three people, the well-proportioned sofa is divided into sections, each supported by their set of crossbars. While elegant in itself, this construction is also practical by offering more legroom and making it easier to rise from the sofa.

When the design was presented at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers' Guild Exhibition in 1937, the sofa was applauded for its "mature expression", and even today it exemplifies the ideal balance of graceful elegance and thoroughly executed functionalism.

Originally conceived for three people, the KK41181 sofa has since been supplemented with a two-seater version known as the KK41180 sofa.

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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