Chair of the Month: The Safari Chair by Jens Quistgaard




Jens Quistgaard, (1919 – 2008) another great Dane…designed the highly regarded Safari Chair in 1965. Quistgaard was a sculptor, designer and successful entrepreneur. He was originally trained by his sculptor father Harald Erik Einar Quistgaard and later went on to apprentice Georg Jensen.





The Safari Chair was also called the Stokke Chair, it was inspired by the sails from a ship and designed with Danish Functionalism in mind. The most interesting thing about the chair is that it is held together with inner tension and has no brackets, screws or joints.





Jens Quistgaard designed over 4,500 products (!) during his career and successful collaboration with American entrepreneur Ted Nierenberg for their Scandinavian design business Dansk International Designs.





Quistgaard
‘s designs have been awarded numerous prizes like the Lunning Prize and won many gold medals at the Milan Trienallea. His work is to be found at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Louvre in Paris.


GUBI has recently re-launched this lovely chair.


Gwyn