A Design Classic with a Muddy History: Kaare Klint's Propellor Stool

The Propellor Stool is attributed to Kaare Klint, the legendary Danish architect and designer. It is said that he designed it in 1930.

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The folding stool is named for the legs, each of which are one half of a cylinder. Fold it shut and you can see the magic of the craftsmanship.

Here’s the thing: Klint never actually got to sit on the Propellor Stool, not even a prototype of it. The design “was initially thought to be too complex to put into production,” writes Carl Hansen & Son. “The 1930 design quickly attracted attention, however, and was featured as a concept in several design books.”

Klint died in 1954, the stool having never been realized. A prototype was finally made in 1956 for a Klint memorial at the Danish Museum of Art and Design. It finally went into production in 1962.

Also, the design credit for the stool gets a little muddy:

Remodelista writes that “The Propeller Stool came into being in 1930 as a school exercise by one of Kaare Klint’s students.”

The Morentz gallery, which counts design historians among their staff, states that “In 1930, a sketch [of the Propellor Stool] was created as a school project by a student of Klint at the [Royal Danish] Academy.”

Neither names the student. According to the Danish Design Store, in 1930 Klint did collaborate with student Edvard Kindt-Larsen on the design of a furniture piece; but that was the Mix Chair, which went into production immediately. Aesthetically, the Mix Chair has nothing in common with the Propellor Stool, as you can see:

Only 300 Propellor Stools were made in that 1962 production run, making originals extremely rare. However, today you can buy a new one, as Carl Hansen & Son has put the design back into production.

Source: core77

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