Bodil Kjær - 90th birthday
A true polymath, Bodil Kjær’s accomplishments span architecture, furniture design, and academia. In celebration of her 90th birthday, Karakter reflects on the inspiring legacy of Denmark’s dame of design.
Bodil Kjær became a leader in the Danish Modern design movement, with a trailblazing talent that crossed continents and disciplines. Now, as she rings in her 90th birthday, Karakter honor a visionary whose ability to create “elements of architecture,” as she calls her furniture designs, continues to influence the design world today.
As she recalls, it was frustration at the functional and aesthetic problems she encountered on the job that led her to design her own office pieces – from furniture and light fixtures to glass vases – as a solution. While not sold publicly, they were soon sought out by pre-eminent modernist architects, including Marcel Breuer and Paul Rudolph, who used them in their own buildings.
As an architect first and foremost, Kjær always approached furniture design with the desire to solve problems. It’s this deeply practical and pragmatic ethos that ensures her creations remain as relevant and revered today.