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Born in Denmark in 1929, Kristiansen displayed an early love for woodwork and trained in cabinetry. Like many of his contemporaries, Kristiansen’s passion for architecture and design has been lifelong and timeless. A love of line and form, and an appreciation of nature and simplicity runs parallel throughout Japanese and Scandinavian design. It was natural therefore for Kai to trust Miyazaki wholeheartedly, an iconic and highly regarded Japanese chair maker, with the Kai 42.