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In the first 20 years of 1900s, Danes were producing high quality furniture, but not in the style we have today. Danes created works that looked similar to the current European styles of Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical.
Many historians agree that the roots of modern Danish furniture trace back to 1924. At the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, a new department emerged: the Department of Furniture and Interior Decoration. Kaare Klint, architect and designer, directed the department. Today, Kaare Klint is known as the father of modern Danish Design. During his time as a professor, he inspired some of the greatest Danish furniture designers and architects – including Hans J. Wegner, Mogens Koch, Arne Jacobsen and Poul Kjærholm.
Into the 1930s, new housing with smaller rooms created demand for simple, well-proportioned furniture. Danish designers also began to look at everyday object design. At the same time, the Danish Export Council encouraged designers to make moderate-priced furniture. This began the concept of the "knock-down" furniture which could be disassembled for shipping. (The Swedes were doing the same thing, hi IKEA!)