Kai Kristiansen’s designs have become some of the most well known pieces to be created in the mid part of the 20th century and his name has become synonymous with Danish modern. He trained as a cabinet maker, graduating in 1948 and then went on to train under Kaare Klint at the Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
In 1955 he established his own office and designed for many companies such as Schou Andersen Møbelfabrik, Feldballes, Magnus Olesen, Fritz Hansen, Axel Kjærsgaard and Heltborg. Kai Kristiansen designed many pieces of furniture such as sideboards, desks, chairs, tables, shelving units and cabinetry. His FM shelving system was widely popular not only Scandinavia but also throughout North America and the rest of Europe for its flexiblility and design.
Surely Kristiansen’s most beloved and popular design is the #42 chair for Schou Andersen. Sought after for not only its beautiful appearance but its comfort, the #42 chair has become one of the most iconic Danish modern pieces of furniture.