Kaare Klint is oft en called the father of modern furniture art.
He founded the School of Design at the Royal Danish Academy of
Fine Arts (Kunstakademiets Møbelskole) and showed the way
for a number of Denmark’s leading designers, for example
Hans. J. Wegner.
Klint’s central idea was that furniture should serve a purpose and not dominate the room. Furniture is an instrument for the body rather than just decoration. His choice of materials
was very central. He gladly renounced pure traditions, but built upon classical furniture art, which he simplified without compromising either design or quality. The classical references can be seen in a number of his most famous pieces of furniture, for example the Safari Chair from 1933. Klint was a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts until his death and over the course of his career received honours including the Eckersberg Medal in 1928 and the C.F. Hansen Medal in 1954.