Carl Hansen – Safari Chair – Canvas
Brand: Carl Hansen & Son
Designer: Kaare Klint
Price: from £775.00
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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 'knock-down' archetype into an elegant design for modern interiors.
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 ash and features a canvas or leather seat and back.
The armrests are produced in natural saddle leather.
Designed by Kaare Klint in 1933.
Watch the making of the Safari chair here.
Also available with matching footrest.
Canvas (100% linen) seat and back. Oiled or Smoked Ash. Saddle leather arm straps (natural colour) incl. cushion.
W570 x D570 x H800mm Seat H340mm