Carl Hansen & Søn
BK12 Indoor/Outdoor Lounge Sofa with Cushion, Teak Untreated
- The Designer
- The Maker
Clean-lined, precise and pleasingly graphic, Bodil Kjær's BK12 lounge sofa looks as good indoors as it does outside, which is exactly what the Danish architect intended. Made from solid teak, the Cubist-inspired chair is designed to patina beautifully over time and features a fine, linear appearance despite its sturdy construction.
The chair was created in 1959 as part of a series of architecturally inspired indoor-outdoor furniture, the proportions of which were designed to relate to the surrounding environment. It features a comfortable inclined seat and back, with armrests, legs and runners that are mortised together to form two squares—a detail that is realized through expert craftsmanship.
As well as the dining chair, Kjær's Indoor-Outdoor series comprises a lounge chair, a side table, a dining table, a two-seater lounge sofa, a swing sofa and a sunbed. All seats, chairs and beds can be supplied with slender, supportive cushions made from weather-resistant Sunbrella fabric.
- Brand:Carl Hansen & Søn Handmade Furniture of Denmark
- Country: Made in Vietnam Under Fair Conditions by Danish-Trained Craftspeople
- SKU: CH-BK12TU-QS-FJ
- Untreated FSC™-Certified Teak
- Cushion: Sunbrella® Canvas CUBK10-5453
- Care:Care instructions included.
- Designer:Bodil Kjær
- Dimensions:(WxHxD) 52.2" x 29.3" x 28.5"
Kjær was born in 1932 and grew up on her family's ancestral farm near Horsens, Denmark, where she learned to appreciate quality and aesthetics.
She also gained a respect for nature and an interest in the dynamics of society.
After school, she went to England to study architecture, but returned to Denmark a year later. She enrolled at the Frederiksberg Technical College and the School of Interior Design, where she learned to create spaces from experts such as Finn Juhl and Jørgen Ditzel. In 1960, after a year in the USA, Kjær went back to Denmark and established a studio in Copenhagen.
In 1965, Kjær received a scholarship to further her studies at the Royal College of Art and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. She stayed in London until 1979 working as a senior architect, and later opened a studio working on projects such as residential homes cooled using solar energy for Africa's tropical zone.
As a furniture designer, Kjær views furniture construction from a purely technical perspective, interplayed with modern architecture and created for people. She always considers context and has collaborated with different professions in her desire to optimize physical settings.
Her furniture systems support creative people in their work processes, and her designs include indoor and outdoor furniture, light fixtures, a service trolley and vases, all characterized by lightness and a functionalist expression.
Kjær's reputation led to speaking invitations and teaching posts at architecture schools including Harvard University, the Pratt Institute and the Royal Academy of Architecture in Copenhagen.
Carl Hansen & Søn's products embody the narrative of the finest classical furniture art, created by some of Denmark's leading architects and designers—including Frits Henningsen, Kaare Klint, Mogens Koch, Poul Kjærholm and Ole Wanscher—as well as the Japanese architect Tadao Ando and the Austrian design trio EOOS.
With solid foundations in Danish traditions of joinery, blended with deep insight into the latest production technology, we make furniture of durable beauty and value, distinguished by full respect for sustainable materials.