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Herringbone
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03/09/2020 2:43 pm  

LKJ prepared them in order to discuss the matters with Kai and he signed them on various occasions over the last year or two. That they are preformulated does not necessarily mean that „the person who signed was no more able to compose the document by himself“. I guess you have signed hundreds of preformulated documents in your life and you can ask yourself whether you had been able to compose the document on your own instead and whether you would have liked to do so. The fact that the document was preformulated can also mean, that the matter is important for the person who created the document, maybe even more so than for the person who signed it. Which on the other hand does not necessarily indicate, that the person who signed the document doesn’t care about the content. It could also mean that the person who created the document did it on behalf of the person who signed it, because the person who signed it had other things to do. 

"People buy a chair, and they don't really care who designed it." (Arne Jacobsen)


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aaronny
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03/09/2020 4:14 pm  

Thanks @Herringbone

What is strange is that there is no reputable source for the claim that he ever worked for Vildbjerg. As far as I know.


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Herringbone
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03/09/2020 5:21 pm  

I seem to have issues with pictures right now. I‘ll try one more time. If it doesn’t work, I’ll come back to it later. 

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aaronny
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03/09/2020 6:08 pm  

Great, thanks @Herringbone

Do you know by chance if Kai Kristiansen designed the nesting tables "the Cube" from Vildbjerg, or is it another fairy tale in the net? 


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Herringbone
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03/09/2020 9:17 pm  

As far as I know he was the only designer for Vildbjerg from the 50s to the 90s. I can see if I find a catalog page for you. 

"People buy a chair, and they don't really care who designed it." (Arne Jacobsen)


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Herringbone
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03/09/2020 9:37 pm  

@aaronny Okay, so this is matarial that LKJ shared a couple of years ago in the old designaddict forum. I went deep down to find it for you. I hope it helps. Be sure that the matter is important to most of us and we are doing the best we can.

According to Lars' info from back then, Kai worked for Vildbjerg from 1958 to 1996, when the company was sold, and during this period he "has designed nearly all the furniture’s for Vildbjerg Møbelfabrik".

The model number for the nesting tables you are referring to are 133 and 134.

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"People buy a chair, and they don't really care who designed it." (Arne Jacobsen)


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aaronny
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03/09/2020 9:43 pm  

@Herringbone you are the best, many thanks!

(Even though I hope that not all Vildbjerg designs are made by Kai Kristiansen, because some Vildbjerg designs are ... mmmh .. 😀 )


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aaronny
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03/09/2020 10:02 pm  

@Herringbone

By the way I've found an interesting australian page from 2016, Kai Kristiansen was invited to an exhibition of his designs, and I am glad to see that he is still "alive and kicking"! 

https://greatdanefurniture.com/danish-furniture-news/kai-kristiansen-s-entre-launch


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Herringbone
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04/09/2020 11:19 am  

Yes, he is, even today as I heard.

"People buy a chair, and they don't really care who designed it." (Arne Jacobsen)


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28/09/2022 10:22 am  

@herringbone. The "firechair/T21 " mystery SOLVED.

Model  68 ,made by Anderstrup Stole ( mobelfabrik).

Not Kai Kristiansen. Most likely an "in-house " design.

Image from IG.

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Herringbone
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28/09/2022 6:53 pm  

It’s funny how some chairs have been correctly attributed to Anderstrup Møbelfabrik over time but never this one - although it must have been one of their most popular chairs at the time.

I‘m even kind of relieved that we now have proof of who made it. The „Kai Kristiansen fire chair“ is one of the more annoying misattributions around. Also Korup as a potential maker has always seemed unlikely to me. So: great find @lexi

"People buy a chair, and they don't really care who designed it." (Arne Jacobsen)


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mark737
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28/09/2022 9:28 pm  

@lexi  Nice find!  By the way, I ended up buying that set of Anderstrup chairs yesterday.  They are the model 78 chairs - the one in the "test of strength" photo on left.  As I have many pounds on the dapper Danish gentleman in the photo, I will not be performing this test on my chairs.    


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28/09/2022 10:10 pm  

@herringbone. @mark737

I had to do a double take when I saw the post on IG. Nice to solve a mystery. 😊 

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