Collection: Kai Kristiansen

Born in 1929, Kai Kristiansen was a Danish born furniture designer specializing in modernistic design. Like some others in his field Kristiansen began his career with cabinet making. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts under the famed Kaare Klint. At 26 years old, Kristiansen opened his own studio in Copenhagen where he would work on his functionalistic furniture. Like many Danish furniture makers of the time, he would become a key player in the Mid-Century Modern design movement. Famous for his use of oak, teak, and rosewood in his sleek furniture designs, he produced geometric tables, chairs, and cabinets. 

To gain popularity, Kristiansen thought it would be a better idea to have his furniture manufactured versus hand built to lower the cost. He thought this would give people a chance to own his modern pieces without spending too much money as well as increase his sales. Some of his best-known pieces are the Model 42 Chair and the Model 31 Chair which feature slick wooden frames with separate backs and seats. Kristiansen also designed Reolsystem wall units that featured storage cabinets and shelves. With quality and design being a top priority, Kristiansen was able to become a well-recognized artist of the period. The timeless designs still draw many purchasers.

Later in Kristiansen's life, the Great Dane Furniture company of Australia would partner with the popular designer to recreate the popular furniture of an earlier era. Kristiansen still lives and operates a showroom in Copenhagen, Denmark. He continues to design, consult, and manufacture beautiful furniture. Another of Kristiansen's showrooms can be found in Melbourne, Australia.

Kai Kristiansen Model 42 Side Chairs in Teak with Original Black Vinyl, Denmark
Kai Kristiansen Model 42 Side Chairs in Teak with Original Black Vinyl, Denmark-ABT Modern
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Six Teak Danish Modern Dining Chairs by Kai Kristiansen, produced by KS Mobler
Six Teak Danish Modern Dining Chairs by Kai Kristiansen, produced by KS Mobler-ABT Modern
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Six Teak Danish Modern Dining Chairs by Kai Kristiansen, produced by KS Mobler
Six Teak Danish Modern Dining Chairs by Kai Kristiansen, produced by KS Mobler-ABT Modern
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Set of Six ( 6 ) Kai Kristiansan Model 42 Dining Chairs in Rosewood and Leather
Set of Six ( 6 ) Kai Kristiansan Model 42 Dining Chairs in Rosewood and Leather-ABT Modern
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