Pair of Mahogany and Rosewood Bergere by Kaare Klint
Mid-late 20th century
Mahogany, rosewood, cane, leather
36″ high x 24 1/4″ wide x 28″ deep (seat height 16″)
Esben Klint remembered an encounter between his father Kaare and the renowned architect Gunnar Asplund. “Asplund met Klint in Stockholm, and Klint asked Asplund what he was working at. Asplund then told him that he was working on a library, a cinema and a store building. ‘And how about you, Kaare Klint?’ Asplund asked. ‘I am working at a chair,’ responded Klint. A few years later they met in Copenhagen and again Klint asked Asplund, ‘Well, what are you up to now?’ ‘I am now doing a town hall, a school building, and a couple of villas, but what are you up to, Kaare?’ ‘Well, I told you the last time we met, I am working at a chair,’ replied Klint.”
Kaare Klint is considered the father of modern Danish furniture. This splendid chair, designed in 1931 and fabricated by Rud Rasmussen, exemplifies the beauty and quality of his work. The frame is mahogany with rosewood inlay, the back, sides and seat are hand-woven cane, and the cushions are of Niger goatskin. An alternate pair in a handsome navy wool upholstery come with these chairs.