The Faaborg chair by Kaare Klint: the first classic of Danish modern design

In 1914, at the age of only 26, Kaare Klint designed the Faaborg Chair for the Faaborg Museum, officially inaugurated in 1915. His efforts led to the birth of a chair that soon proved to be the first classic of Danish modern design. Faaborg Chair ushered in a new era for Danish design, creating the basis for its future development and for the phenomenon we now know as Danish Modern, guaranteeing it a prominent place on the international scene of the 1950s. With 18 historic chairs on permanent display, Faaborg Chair is an integral part of the Faaborg Museum collection, considered by many to be a “Gesamtkunstwerk” (total work of art).

A simple design

Its simple design and the organicity between structure, materials and function characterize the chair, entirely handmade by Carl Hansen & Søn on the island of Funen, in Denmark. Its thin legs, the section of which reduces as it approaches the base, and its curved backrest give Faaborg Chair a light, elegant and refined bearing. Extending forward to wrap around the seat, the semicircular backrest embraces whoever sits on it, guaranteeing comfort and privacy. Originally produced with seat, sides and back in French rattan, since 1964 the seat has been upholstered in leather or fabric. Back and sides are still in hand-woven French rattan.

How an icon is born

Each chair is made up of 13 elements in oak, walnut or mahogany. All the wood used is certified and / or sourced from sustainable forests. The realization of Faaborg Chair requires various stages of handcrafted production, all followed by the artisans of Carl Hansen & Søn. Essential for the final finish of the piece, machine sanding is the first step to achieving a flawless surface. The gluing of all the elements is done by hand, while traditional tools such as clamps are used to assemble the wooden parts. The holes for fixing the wicker of the woven back are partly made by hand and, after the assembly of the wooden parts, the complete frame is further sanded by hand so as to obtain a smooth and tactile surface. The wooden core supporting the seat padding is made to measure for each chair.

I segreti dell'intreccio

Per ottenere una lucentezza ricca e profonda sulla superficie di legno, tutte le parti sono trattate con olio o sapone, un processo che viene eseguito interamente a mano. Anche il classico intreccio francese dello schienale è un processo eseguito interamente a mano da artigiani esperti che impiegano più di 12 ore per finire la tessitura del singolo schienale. Ogni Faaborg è unica, come unico e personale è lo stile di tessitura di ogni artigiano che per ogni Faaborg Chair utilizza 500 grammi di vimini indonesiano.

Craft skills

The upholstery of the chair is a phase mastered only by the most skilled artisans Carl Hansen & Søn. Each seat is made with the utmost precision and attention to detail. Only after being worked by 15 craftsmen, Faaborg is ready to leave the Carl Hansen & Søn factory in Funen.