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Kai Kristiansen

Danish designer Kai Kristiansen is in the league with the most celebrated pioneers of Danish designer of the 20th century.  Like many of Denmark’s greatest designing mainstays, he mastered his craft by enrolling in the prestigious Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts under the guidance of Kaare Klint. Prior to this he apprenticed in cabinet making, thus combining both his craftsmanship together with his favoured well-joined teak and Brazilian rosewood, evident equally in his chairs, desks, sideboards, and wall units.

It was in 1954 that he opened his own studio in which he would go on to become an influential contribution to the Danish Modern Style. It was here that he created his most celebrated work, the No. 42 chair for Schou Anderson. The chair’s details speak not only of timeless design, but concordant and understated design that defies tradition such as sculpted armrests and rounded legs. Kristiansen would collaborate with well-known Danish Manufacturers such as Feldballe Møbelfabrik, Fornem Møbelkunst, Fritz Hansen, and Magnus Olesen

His innovative designs combined with such detail to the dexterity of each of his pieces, makes him recognized as a highly collectible Scandinavian designer of the 20th century.