Kaare Klint

The monograph on Kaare Klint (1888–1954) is the first comprehensive presentation of his work: the history of each project, its context, and its relationship to its own time.

Based on years of research by Gorm Harkær, it is one of the results of his KAARE KLINT PROJECT, in which he systematically registered Klint’s drawings and compiled information on and photographs of Klint’s entire oeuvre.

Both volumes are richly illustrated. Individual projects are presented through Klint’s distinctive sketches on squared paper. Working drawings are reproduced on fixed scales to facilitate a comparison of the pieces. Most of the black-and-white photographs were taken at Klint’s initiative, as each project was completed, by the period’s leading photographers, including Jonals Co., Erik Hansen, Peder Maarbjerg, and Bror Bernild.

Volume 1 (660 pages) and volume 2 (160 pages) contain a total of 1,200 illustrations. The books are bound in cinnabar cloth with blind tooling and come in a black slipcase.

Photo: Pernille Klemp ©
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Volume 1 describes Kaare Klint’s life and career. He was the son of P. V. Jensen-Klint, who led the protest against the reactionary teaching at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts at the beginning of the 20th century and belonged to the period’s artistic elite. Kaare Klint’s friendship with the leading artists and cultural figures of his own day proved significant for his work. He cultivated all the disciplines that an architect might master, establishing himself as one of the most important Danish designers of the 20th century.

Volume 2 contains biographical data, an extensive bibliography, indices of persons, institutions, and contributors, and a complete list of works, illustrated and organized according to type and date.

ISBN 978-87-994184-0-4 (Danish edition)
ISBN 978-87-994184-2-8 (English edition)

The Author

Gorm Harkær (b. 1951) has had his own office since 1979 (moeblerier.dk), working with product design, especially furniture.

He studied at the Funen Art Academy and received his journeyman’s certificate in Silkeborg. He was employed as a journeyman joiner by the cabinetmaker Søren Horn, Rud. Rasmussens Snedkerier, the Permanent Exhibition of Danish Arts and Crafts and Industrial Design, and C. Danel. He received his training as a furniture designer at the School of Arts, Crafts, and Design and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Department of Furniture Design, under Poul Kjærholm. He was among the founders of the Furniture Group of 1983, participating in all of its exhibitions in Denmark and abroad through 1995. His output includes furnishings for the Royal Collection of Coins and Medals at the National Museum of Denmark and for Roskilde Museum.

Gorm Harkær has headed the KAARE KLINT PROJECT as a part-time researcher at what was formerly the Collection of Architectural Drawings at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture Library, now the Danish National Art Library, Collection of Architectural Drawings.

Harkær has taught periodically at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, the Aarhus School of Architecture, and the Danish Design School, giving courses and lectures and serving as an external examiner. He has received a number of grants and prizes for both his work as a designer and his research, among others from the Danish Arts Foundation and the Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968. He has also received the Lis Ahlmanns Legat and Sølvsmed Kay Bojesen og hustru Erna Bojesens Mindelegat.

His work is represented in the Danish Museum of Art & Design.

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Mette and Eric Mourier
graphic designers

Martha Gaber Abrahamsen
author’s editor and translator (English edition)

Peder Norup
proofreader (Danish edition)

Marianne Amundsen
proofreader (English edition)

Irene Mollerup
secretary

F. Hendriksens Eftf.
repro

P.J. Schmidt Grafisk
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