Monday, September 26, 2016

Needing, Wanting, Loving: Safari Chairs

Happy Monday!  Did you all have a good weekend?  I hope so.  It was a gorgeous few days in New York and I'm happy I got to spend a good amount of time outside.  Speaking of outside... I'd rather be in Africa on a safari than working inside today.  The rugged outdoor landscape, the earthy colors, the exotic animals- it sounds like a perfect getaway.  The safari chair, originally released by Danish designer Kaale Klint in 1933, represents the beauty of that African outback landscape and has become a mid-century furniture staple. It also represents the epitome of the Danish furniture movement- clean lines, exceptional craftsmanship, and fine materials:

Scandanavian designer Arne Norell took Kaare Klint's safari chair and relaxed it a bit, creating the "Sirocco" safari leather chair in 1965. It has leather-slung arms, a more angular back, and a frame constructed of rosewood:

As you can see, the safari chair and the Sorocco safari chair are still often used in home design today. Here are a few replications currently available for purchase:

The safari chair-  Danish/Scandinavian design at it's most beautiful, if you ask me!

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