Lately I have been crushing really hard on Kai Kristiansen so I thought it was only fitting to write a quick bio on one of my favorite designers. Curiously enough, there was not as much information on Mr. Kristiansen as there are many other Danish designers, although his pieces are equally recognizable.
Kristiansen was born in 1929. Much like many of his colleagues at the time, Kristiansen was originally trained as a cabinet maker. After his cabinetry training was completed in 1950 he continued on to study under Kaare Klint at the Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Once this vigorous training was completed, Kristiansen moved on to open his own office in Copenhagen and worked with many other designers and manufacturers. Kristiansens most popular pieces include the "FM" wall unit, known for its versatility and function, as well as the "dining chairs #42", known for their spectacular beauty and comfort. Like many in his time, Kristiansen believed that the design of a piece is only as good as the functionality.