Four Green & Natural Rush 'Kirkestole' (Church Chairs)
Kaare Klint, c. 1930
A set of four vintage vibrant green, Model 4133, Kirkestole (Church Chairs) designed by Kaare Klint, circa 1930. Originally, the 'Kirkestol' was conceived for Grundtvig's Church, Copenhagen, a rare example of Expressionist church architecture designed by K. Klint’s father, Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint.
The four legs and all seven stretches of the chair are formed with simple turned wood. The back legs extend to create the high back, bending slightly at the seat. This angular detail contrasts with strict uniformity of the overall design. The four slats forming the back of the chair gradually grow in their curvature, finishing with a comfortable and recognisably shaker final rest. This simple referential detail is playful and places the chairs firmly within their zeitgeist.
Simple but well-proportioned, and extremely well-constructed, Klint’s #4133 chair takes inspiration from Shaker furniture. However, the utilitarian style and honest forms found in Shaker furniture, made in the USA from the late-18th century, derive from historic vernacular British designs. Members of the Shaker religious group took with them when emigrated, from the UK to the USA, the blueprints of vernacular pieces such as the English ladder-back chair- which is the earlier reference point in the case of the Kirkestol’s evolution.
Seat Height: 44cm