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Safari armchair
beech, leather, canvas, (other materials)
81.8 × 57.6 × 59.2 cm
Place/s of Execution
Copenhagen, Denmark
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Mr M. Oberman, 1974
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
'safari' or 'Colonial' armchair, 4 square-in-section uprights tapered/turned towards feet.
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.