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Poul Kjaerholm Pk25

Set of Two PK 25 Chairs by Poul Kjærholm
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjærholm PK 25 - A pair of rare, early 'Element' easy chairs in matt chromed spring steel with one long length of patinated flag halyard. Designed and made in the 1950's, as Kjæ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

  • Set of Two PK 25 Chairs by Poul Kjærholm
  • Set of Two PK 25 Chairs by Poul Kjærholm
  • Set of Two PK 25 Chairs by Poul Kjærholm
  • Set of Two PK 25 Chairs by Poul Kjærholm
H 29.53 in. W 27.17 in. D 28.75 in.
PK25 Lounge Chair by Poul Kjaerholm
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in San Francisco, CA
A PK-25 lounge chair with matt chromed spring steel frame made using a single piece of steel, mounted with woven flag halyard. Designed in 1951. Produced by Fritz Hansen, stamped acc...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

  • PK25 Lounge Chair by Poul Kjaerholm
  • PK25 Lounge Chair by Poul Kjaerholm
  • PK25 Lounge Chair by Poul Kjaerholm
  • PK25 Lounge Chair by Poul Kjaerholm
H 27.75 in. W 29 in. D 31 in.
Poul Kjærholm Model Pk25
By Poul Kjærholm, Fritz Hansen
Located in Berkeley, CA
The PK24 chaise longue chair, with its easy curves and organic shape, stands out as perhaps the most recognizable chair in Poul Kjærholm’s work. Inspiration for this chair comes from...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Oak

  • Poul Kjærholm Model Pk25
  • Poul Kjærholm Model Pk25
  • Poul Kjærholm Model Pk25
  • Poul Kjærholm Model Pk25
H 29.5 in. W 27.2 in. D 28.7 in.
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Poul Kjærholm “PK 25” Lounge Chair with Stainless Steel Frame
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Paris, FR
“PK 25”. Lounge chair with stainless steel frame. Seat and back mounted with flag halyard. Designed 1951. This example manufactured 2007 by Fritz Hansen, with maker's label. Certi...
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Vintage 1950s Armchairs

Poul Kjaerholm - PK 25
Located in San Francisco, CA
PK 25 lounge chair with matt chromed spring steel frame made using a single piece of steel, mounted with woven flag halyard. Designed in 1951. Produced by Fritz Hansen, stamped accor...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Slipper Chairs

Materials

Steel

  • Poul Kjaerholm - PK 25
  • Poul Kjaerholm - PK 25
  • Poul Kjaerholm - PK 25
  • Poul Kjaerholm - PK 25
H 27.75 in. W 29 in. D 31 in.
Element Chair, Model PK25, by Poul Kjærholm and Fritz Hansen
By Poul Kjærholm, Fritz Hansen
Located in Lejre, DK
The element chair, model PK25, designed by Poul Kjærholm in 1951 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in 2014. The chair is of steel and flag line, and is in great condition.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Poul Kjaerholm PK25 armchair
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Naestved, DK
A beautiful example of Poul Kjaerholms PK25 armchair in steel and papercord. The chair is from the late 1990s, but do not have any signs of use.
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1990s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

  • Poul Kjaerholm PK25 armchair
  • Poul Kjaerholm PK25 armchair
  • Poul Kjaerholm PK25 armchair
  • Poul Kjaerholm PK25 armchair
H 29.53 in. W 31.11 in. D 28.75 in.
Poul Kjærholm. PK 25 Lounge chair, produced by Fritz Hansen
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Brussels, BE
Poul Kjærholm. PK 25 Lounge chair, produced by Fritz Hansen PK-25 lounge, designed in 1957, chair with matt chromed spring steel frame mounted with flag halyard. Minor wear Literat...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Lounge Chairs

Poul Kjærholm PK25 Chair by Fritz Hansen
By Poul Kjærholm, Fritz Hansen
Located in Hamburg, DE
Designed by Poul Kjærholm in 1952, produced by Fritz Hansen in 2000. Matte chromed spring steel with natural flag halyard.    
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

  • Poul Kjærholm PK25 Chair by Fritz Hansen
  • Poul Kjærholm PK25 Chair by Fritz Hansen
  • Poul Kjærholm PK25 Chair by Fritz Hansen
  • Poul Kjærholm PK25 Chair by Fritz Hansen
H 29.53 in. W 27.17 in. D 28.75 in.

Poul Kjærholm Biography and Important Works

A trained cabinetmaker, Poul Kjærholm’s use of industrial methods and materials in the 1960s brought a fresh, graceful, sleek new style to Danish modern design.

At what is now the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Kjærholm studied under Hans Wegner and Jørn Utzon — an industrial designer and the architect of the celebrated Sydney Opera House. The latter greatly influenced Kjærholm’s furniture production techniques — although he employed natural materials such as cane and leather, to a far greater extent than his peers Kjærholm embraced the use of steel (rather than wood) framing for his chairs, daybeds and tables.

Kjærholm’s signal design was the PK22 chair of 1956, a low-slung leather lounger on a steel base. The ideas introduced in the PK22 — Kjærholm’s designs were named using a numeric system devised with his manufacturer, E. Kold Christensen — were refined throughout his career, as the offerings below show: the PK11 chair of 1957, with back and armrests formed by a semicircle of ash; the capacious, richly patinated leather seat of a vintage 1961 PK9 chair; the elegant rattan swoop of the PK 24 chaise longue (1965). The chaise longue's leather headrest, held in place by a steel counterweight, best shows Kjærholm's particular gift for combining technological advancements with a respect for traditional detailing.

While respectful of the past, Poul Kjærholm's sensibility is one of optimism and expectation. His was design for those who lived with verve and élan, and confidently anticipated the future.

Find a collection of vintage Poul Kjærholm furniture on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality antique and vintage seating cannot be overstated.

Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other lounge furniture — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless furnishings in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other items — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring official reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.