Bodil Kjær, 1961

Principal bar chair

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Bodil Kjær, 1961

Principal bar chair

Drawing inspiration from Bodil Kjær's Principal chair from 1961, the Principal Bar Chair maintains the same functional and minimalistic design. Characterised by a simple and honest use of form and material, the design is timeless in every aspect. It is meticulously designed down to the finest detail, offering an enduring piece to be cherished for generations. Balancing a geometric structure with soft organic shapes, the piece presents a simple structure that forgoes superfluous detailing in favour of a minimal design. This ensures that the Principal Bar Chair can seamlessly adapt to various spaces, maintaining its relevance year after year.

The entire Principal series can be upholstered with textiles from Kvadrat and leathers from Sørensen Leather.

Configuration exampleNatural oak, Sørensen Elegance mocca

Principal bar chair natural oak elegance mocca
Principal bar chair smoke stained oak steelcut 365
Principal bar chair walnut terra oxide
Principal bar chair white stained oak remix 252

EUR 2.330,-

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Drawing inspiration from Bodil Kjær's Principal chair from 1961, the Principal Bar Chair maintains the same functional and minimalistic design. Characterised by a simple and honest use of form and material, the design is timeless in every aspect. It is meticulously designed down to the finest detail, offering an enduring piece to be cherished for generations. Balancing a geometric structure with soft organic shapes, the piece presents a simple structure that forgoes superfluous detailing in favour of a minimal design. This ensures that the Principal Bar Chair can seamlessly adapt to various spaces, maintaining its relevance year after year. The entire Principal series can be upholstered with textiles from Kvadrat and leathers from Sørensen Leather.

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Bodil Kjær’s drawings showing the crisp clear form including a distinctive three-dimensional joint are precise and considered. Although never prototyped, the drawings were enough to inspire Christian Elving, CEO and Co-founder of Karakter to put what Kjær had called the Z series into production.

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Bodil Kjær’s drawings showing the crisp clear form including a distinctive three-dimensional joint are precise and considered. Although never prototyped, the drawings were enough to inspire Christian Elving, CEO and Co-founder of Karakter to put what Kjær had called the Z series into production.

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Product Material
Frame in solid oak or walnut with clear lacquer, footrest in anodized aluminium, HR/CMHR/Cal.117 foam on seat and backrest, upholstered with leather or textile, plastic or felt glides

She has been featured in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal Magazine. She designed a desk for MIT which was dubbed ‘The most beautiful desk in the world’ and eventually immortalized in 3 early James Bond movies. Danish architect, designer and professor Bodil Kjær (born 1932) is the female trailblazer of Danish midcentury design, who although tutored by modernist master Finn Juhl, in her own words “… never had much interest in following in the footsteps of the Danish rat pack”. Kjær looked to America, inspired by Charles and Ray Eames, and indeed many of her most notable designs stems from her time in the U.S., where she briefly worked at Paul McCobb, before moving to Boston to further her career in corporate interior architecture. Kjær’s reignited prominence as a designer in later years is well deserved. Pared back, elegant and decidedly modern, her iconic pieces slip effortlessly into contemporary life 60 years on. Today, Bodil Kjær is back in Denmark and lives on the east coast of Jutland where she continues to teach, do research and participate in the architectural development of the city of Aarhus.

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Bodil Kjær

She has been featured in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal Magazine. She designed a desk for MIT which was dubbed ‘The most beautiful desk in the world’ and eventually immortalized in 3 early James Bond movies. Danish architect, designer and professor Bodil Kjær (born 1932) is the female trailblazer of Danish midcentury design, who although tutored by modernist master Finn Juhl, in her own words “… never had much interest in following in the footsteps of the Danish rat pack”. Kjær looked to America, inspired by Charles and Ray Eames, and indeed many of her most notable designs stems from her time in the U.S., where she briefly worked at Paul McCobb, before moving to Boston to further her career in corporate interior architecture. Kjær’s reignited prominence as a designer in later years is well deserved. Pared back, elegant and decidedly modern, her iconic pieces slip effortlessly into contemporary life 60 years on. Today, Bodil Kjær is back in Denmark and lives on the east coast of Jutland where she continues to teach, do research and participate in the architectural development of the city of Aarhus.