Kaare Klint’s Safari Chair has been a design gem since its debut in 1933. With its simple functionality, the modern classic enjoys broad appeal. Kaare Klint found inspiration for the Safari Chair among Africa’s exotic landscapes.
Kaare Klint designed the Safari Chair in 1933, inspired by a British officer’s chair he had seen in a travel guide for Africa. He was particularly inspired by a picture in the book in which the author and his wife are seated in similar chairs by the entrance to their tent in the savannah.
Kaare Klint’s aim was to create a light, portable armchair. The chair can be easily assembled and disassembled without tools, making it ideal for use in the field. The functional chair is often described as the world’s first ‘build-it-yourself’ furniture item, and is the result of comprehensive knowledge of materials and the human body’s ergonomic requirements.
Kaare Klint is renowned for his classic furniture, of which the Safari Chair is his most eminent design. The first Safari Chair models were sold to Kaare Klint’s colleagues, such as Arne Jacobsen, who saw clear possibilities in their simple, functional style. Arne Jacobsen was also the one who suggested adding a seat cushion to the chair.
The Safari Chair was initially made from Cuban mahogany. However, Kaare Klint later decided that ash was better suited to his desired visual style due to its light color and strength. To this day, the chair is made from oil-treated ash, in both smoked and light versions, using wood from Danish forests.
Rud. Rasmussen, which became part of Carl Hansen & Son in 2011, has produced the Safari Chair in its furniture workshop since 1933. Producing design classics is a big responsibility, says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son:
“The Safari Chair is one of Kaare Klint’s classics, as its timeless design appeals to generation after generation. It is essential to remain faithful to the original instructions and methods of craftsmanship. This is the only way to ensure that the chair continues to be a design icon for future generations. We are very proud that the Safari Chair is now part of our portfolio, and are conscious of the responsibility involved in producing one of Denmark’s classic pieces of furniture.”
The Safari Chair is available in oil-treated ash, either light or smoked. The seat and backrest are available in canvas (natural, blue, green and brown) or leather in selected colours. The armrests are made of cattle hide or leather. The seat cushion, which comes with the chair, is available with or without buttons. Recommended retail prices start at £614 excluding VAT. The chair has a seat height of 34 cm, and is 80 cm high, 57 cm deep, and 57 cm wide. A matching footrest is available with the same options.
Every item of furniture produced by Carl Hansen & Son reflects over 100 years of furniture history with respect and passion for craftsmanship. Carl Hansen & Son is the world’s largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner, and our portfolio also includes designs by Mogens Koch, Kaare Klint, Ole Wanscher and others.
Carl Hansen & Son has 165 employees and production in Denmark. The furniture is sold all over the world. Find out more at www.carlhansen.com.