The last project for the “Campaign Furniture” book isn’t really a piece of campaign furniture. It’s a fairly close reproduction of a Kaare Klint “Safari Chair” in mostly black. Black leather, black-dyed mahogany and silver hardware. I left the strapping in its natural vegetable-tanned color for a little relief from the black.
Today I installed all the leather and strapping to the chair. Ty Black, my former shop assistant, was nice enough to stitch the arms and part of the back for me. Thanks Ty.
I included the chair in the book because the Safari Chair is one of the important links between the Victorians and modernism. It’s also a link between my book having typos and having fewer typos. I’m trading this chair for some editing on the book.
— Christopher Schwarz
10 thoughts on “Kaare Klint ‘Safari Chair’ in Ebonized Mahogany”
I’ll do it… Actually, my wife will. You don’t want me to edit anything.
I’m thinking a certain red head must be getting this chair… And I don’t mean myself.
Oh, to be a competent editor! The rewards that might be bestowed…
Looking at the workbenches in the background – Are the cherry Roubo and the oak Roubo the same height? I’m wondering if they get in the way of each other.
Yes they are the same height. They work together.
If Darth Vader had a Safari chair this would be the one! Can’t wait for the book!
Does the book cover details on finishing the leatherwork, like riveting and stitching?
Riveting and cutting and buckles. Everything but hand stitching.
In the immortal words of Bart Scott, “Can’t Wait!”
Did you ebonize the mahogany because it’s what you had on hand? If you started from scratch would you use a less expensive species? I love the look of the black and want to know how it compares with using milk paint. Is one technique easier? Thanks Chris, can’t wait for the book.
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