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Safari armchair
designed 1933

Artist/s name
Medium
beech, leather, canvas, (other materials)
Measurements
81.8 x 57.6 x 59.2 cm
Place/s of Execution
Copenhagen, Denmark
Accession Number
D100-1974
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Mr M. Oberman, 1974
Gallery location
18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor
Level 2, NGV International
About

Kaare Klint’s research of the furniture of other eras and cultures provided him with many design ideas based on models that had passed the test of time. One of the traditional furniture forms analysed and adapted by Klint was the collapsible safari chair used by nineteenth-century explorers. The design proved highly appropriate to modern demands: it was light, easily stored, comfortable and inexpensive. It became the first chair produced in Europe to be sold as a flat pack for ease of shipping.

—text from Nordic Cool: Modernist Design (Feb 2015)