Re-Framing the Safari Chair

Published
19.05.2015

Designed in 1933 by Kaare Klint, the Safari Chair was one of the world’s first ‘build-it-yourself’ pieces of furniture. Since its launch, it has become a true modern classic due to its simple functionality and elegant design. Today, it is highly appreciated by design lovers all over the world.

Carl Hansen & Søn, a design company passionate about craftsmanship and timeless design, now produces The Safari Chair. “We manufacture furniture icons that are instantly recognizable to design lovers across continents. Depending on age, cultural background and geographical location, we all convey meaning and past experience onto designs, which become layered over time, creating a collision of something familiar while adding the personal story”, says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Søn.

With the Safari Chair, Kaare Klint wanted to design a light, easy-to-transport chair. His inspiration for the chair was an English officer’s foldable chair shown in an image of a safari camp in Africa. Kaare Klint used the idea of a foldable chair and added an element of comfort to create an enduring classic.

The Safari Chair can easily be assembled and disassembled without tools, making it ideal for those on the move. It is available in oil-treated light or smoked ash, and the seat and backrest are available in four colours of canvas or ox hide.

We are proud to say that the Safari Chair will be part of Re-Framing Danish Design, our joint exhibition with Frame magazine, where designers Niek Pulles and Sebastian Herkner will reinterpret/re-frame the chair.

“To have young, international designers make their mark on a true classic such as the Safari Chair is an interesting way of intertwining the past and the present into a new, playful, unexpected context“, says Hansen.

The Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition will coincide with 3 Days of Design and take place at The Silo from 28 to 30 May.

The Silo – By & Havn
Helsinkigade 29
2150 Nordhavn
Copenhagen, Denmark

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