Designs for the Exposición
Internacional de Barcelona

by Kaare Klint

The reception room at the Danish pavilion.
Photo: photographer unknown, 1929. Reproduced from Kaare Klint by Gorm Harkær

In 1929 architect Tyge Hvass was charged with designing the Danish national pavilion for the Exposición Internacional de Barcelona. The resulting stucco building was painted red with whitewashed edges reminiscent of the traditional Danish homes found in the fishing port of Skagen. Inside, Kaare Klint designed the furniture for the reception room. For seating, Klint utilized a design created three years prior—the Red chair—which was conceived in 1927 for the lecture hall of the Danish Museum of Art & Design and named for the reddish tone of its goatskin upholstery. Several of these chairs and custom sofas lined the room and surrounded a large sectional table. During the exposition, representatives of the Spanish press gathered around the table and enjoyed dried cod from the Faroe Islands. Other works by Danish masters were also showcased in the reception room, including paintings by Johannes Larsen and Fritz Syberg and lighting designed by Poul Henningsen. Although all were initially designed for other projects, due to the success and publicity of the exposition, the chairs, table and sofas utilized in the interior are to this day, widely acknowledged as Barcelona furniture. 

The Danish national pavilion designed by Tyge Hvass.
Photo: DNAL, Col./photographer unknown, 1929. Reproduced from Kaare Klint by Gorm Harkær

Kaare Klint 1888–1954

Recognized as the father of Danish furniture design, Kaare Klint was born in Copenhagen in 1888 to the family of architect Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint. While in his younger years he studied painting, he eventually apprenticed as a furniture maker, attended technical school, Jens Møller-Jensens furniture school, and the Artists' Studio Schools in Copenhagen. In 1914, at just 26 years old, Klint designed Denmark’s first modern design classic, the Faaborg Chair, for the Faaborg Museum in collaboration with his mentor and fellow architect Carl ‘Calle’ Petersen. Following the wide acclaim for his early designs, he received several other commissions for museums including the Thorvaldsens Museum and the Danish Museum of Decorative Art in Copenhagen.

Upcoming Lots Kaare Klint

KAARE KLINT, Barcelona armchairs model 3758A, set of five | wright20.com

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Kaare Klint

Barcelona armchairs model 3758A, set of five

estimate: $12,000–15,000
KAARE KLINT, Sofa | wright20.com

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Kaare Klint

Sofa

estimate: $7,000–9,000
KAARE KLINT, Table lamps model 306, pair | wright20.com

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Kaare Klint

Table lamps model 306, pair

estimate: $1,500–2,000
KAARE KLINT, Settee, model 5011 | wright20.com

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Kaare Klint

Settee, model 5011

estimate: $3,000–5,000

Auction Results Kaare Klint

KAARE KLINT, Barcelona dining chairs model 3758, set of eight | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

Barcelona dining chairs model 3758, set of eight

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $42,500
KAARE KLINT, Barcelona dining chairs model 3758, set of ten | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

Barcelona dining chairs model 3758, set of ten

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $35,000
KAARE KLINT, sofa, model 4035 | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

sofa, model 4035

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $30,000
KAARE KLINT, Additions settees model 4698, pair | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

Additions settees model 4698, pair

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $26,250
KAARE KLINT, Mix lounge chair, model 4396 | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

Mix lounge chair, model 4396

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $26,250
KAARE KLINT, sofa | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

sofa

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $23,750
KAARE KLINT, sofa, model 4035 | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

sofa, model 4035

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $21,250
KAARE KLINT, sofa | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

sofa

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $17,500
KAARE KLINT, sofa | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

sofa

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $16,250
KAARE KLINT, sofa | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

sofa

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $13,750
KAARE KLINT, custom benches, pair | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

custom benches, pair

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $11,875
KAARE KLINT, Barcelona armchairs model 3758A, set of six | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

Barcelona armchairs model 3758A, set of six

estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $10,400
KAARE KLINT, sofa, model 6092 | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

sofa, model 6092

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $9,600
KAARE KLINT, lounge chairs model 4488, pair | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

lounge chairs model 4488, pair

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $9,375
KAARE KLINT, Barcelona chairs model 3758, pair | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

Barcelona chairs model 3758, pair

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $9,375
KAARE KLINT, sideboard, model 4122 | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

sideboard, model 4122

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $9,000
KAARE KLINT, cabinet, model 4122 | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

cabinet, model 4122

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $8,125
KAARE KLINT, armchair | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

armchair

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $8,125
KAARE KLINT, Barcelona chairs model 3758, pair | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

Barcelona chairs model 3758, pair

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $7,800
KAARE KLINT, rare occasional table | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

rare occasional table

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $7,680
KAARE KLINT, cabinet | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

cabinet

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $7,500
KAARE KLINT, sofa | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

sofa

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $7,188
KAARE KLINT, cabinet, model 4122 | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

cabinet, model 4122

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $6,875
KAARE KLINT, sofa | wright20.com

Kaare Klint

sofa

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $6,250