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E. Kold Christensen

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Founded in Hellerup, Denmark, by entrepreneur Ejvind Kold Christensen, furniture manufacturer E. Kold Christensen was instrumental in advancing the career of Poul Kjærholm, a revered Danish cabinetmaker who brought a graceful and sleek new style to Scandinavian design.

Christensen and Kjærholm formed not only a close friendship but also a fruitful business partnership that endured for decades. The company produced most of Kjærholm’s acclaimed armchairs, stools and lounge chairs — which were often framed in brushed steel and upholstered in leather — until Kjærholm’s death in 1980.

Christensen began his career as a sales manager for the furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen & Søn. In the late 1940s, Christensen introduced the young Hans Wegner to Carl’s son, Holger Hansen — who was by then running his family’s legendary company — after recognizing the potential of this new designer. Wegner, Hansen and Christensen solidified their partnership by forming SALESCO — a marketing company with the sole purpose of promoting Wegner’s now universally celebrated body of work

In the mid-1950s, Christensen partnered with promising designer Kjærholm — their pairing was the result of Wegner recommending that Christensen help develop Kjærholm (Wegner had been a teacher of Kjærholm’s at what is now the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts). Christensen established his eponymous company with the singular goal of manufacturing his friend’s works. 

E. Kold Christensen’s founder offered Kjærholm the room he needed to explore the structural potential of steel in furniture-making — he created forward-looking seating, tables and other pieces that reflected the influence of modernist designers such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich rather than the output of his Scandinavian peers, who worked primarily with wood. (Kjærholm would later experiment with wood during the 1970s.) 

The refined PK22 chair, a lounger made of steel with a seat of leather or canvas has over time been compared to Mies and Reich’s Barcelona chair and is a fine example of Kjærholm’s mid-century innovations for E. Kold Christensen. It was an instant commercial success — launching both the designer's and manufacturer's careers. Later, Kjærholm’s iconic PK24 chair merged stainless steel, leather and a sinuous seat of woven wicker, while his PK61 coffee table offered a fanciful, off-center support structure for its glass top. By 1960, Kjærholm had twice been awarded the Grand Prize at the Milan Triennale.

In the 1980s, E. Kold Christensen sold the production rights to a range of Kjærholm’s work to Fritz Hansen, where the designer had incidentally worked for a short time in the early 1950s (the company now has rights to the complete collection) . Many of Kjærholm’s works are part of collections at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, while museums in Norway, Denmark, Germany and Sweden also have his works — each produced by E. Kold Christensen — in their permanent collections. 

On 1stDibs, find vintage E. Kold Christensen chairs, tables, lighting and more.

Poul Kjaerholm Set of Nesting Tables in White Perspex and Steel
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, set of 'PK17' nesting tables, perspex acrylic, steel, Denmark, 1957 These modernist Danish nesting tables by Poul Kjaerholm were manufactured...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen

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Steel

Poul Kjaerholm 'PK31' Sofa in Black Leather
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, three-seat sofa model PK 31, leather and metal, Denmark, 1958. Beautiful PK31 sofa in patinated black leather by P...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen

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Metal

Poul Kjaerholm 'PK31' Sofa in Black Leather
Poul Kjaerholm 'PK31' Sofa in Black Leather
H 27.76 in W 54.41 in D 32.37 in
Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen Pair of 'PK20' Lounge Chairs in Leather
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen, pair of lounge chairs model 'PK20', leather, chrome-plated steel, Denmark, 1968 A highly modern design that embraces clear lines and curvaceous shapes. A cantilever chair is all about ease and comfort as it provides the characteristic bending function, and together with the high backrest and head cushion, a pleasant seating experience is guaranteed. Kjærholm used chrome-plated steel for the base and black leather for the seating, materials that fit within the modernistic aesthetics of this chair. Poul Kjærholm (1929-1980) was a Danish designer and cabinetmaker. He had a particular interest in different construction materials; especially steel which he considered a natural material with the same artistic fineness as other natural materials. Poul Kjaerholm was employed at Fritz Hansen for about a year, where he designed a number of noteworthy chair prototypes. In 1955 Poul Kjærholm initiated his collaboration with manufacturer Ejvind Kold Christensen, which lasted until Poul Kjærholm's death in 1980. In 1982, Fritz Hansen took over the production and sales of "The Kjærholm Collection", developed from 1951 to 1967, designs, which are logical to the minute detail with an aura of exclusivity. In 2007 Fritz Hansen added two new pieces to the Kjærholm Collection. Pieces that were never in production before, the PK8...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen

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Steel, Chrome

Poul Kjærholm Pair of 'PK31-1' Lounge Chairs in Original Black Leather
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen, pair of 'PK 31-1' lounge chairs, leather, chrome-plated steel, Denmark, 1958. The design features Poul Kjaerholm’s ability to work with exquisite materials and minimalism. The shapes are modest, yet elegant. The chairs still contain the original leather and original stuffing. The seats rest on chrome-plated steel frames, as Kjaerholm extensively used steel frames in his designs rather than the traditional wood. Poul Kjærholm (1929-1980) was a Danish designer and cabinetmaker. He had a particular interest in different construction materials; especially steel which he considered a natural material with the same artistic fineness as other natural materials. Poul Kjaerholm was employed at Fritz Hansen for about a year, where he designed a number of noteworthy chair prototypes. In 1955 Poul Kjærholm initiated his collaboration with manufacturer Ejvind Kold Christensen, which lasted until Poul Kjærholm's death in 1980. In 1982, Fritz Hansen took over the production and sales of "The Kjærholm Collection", developed from 1951 to 1967, designs, which are logical to the minute detail with an aura of exclusivity. In 2007 Fritz Hansen added two new pieces to the Kjærholm Collection. Pieces that were never in production before, the PK8...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen

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Steel, Chrome

Rare pk21 pk22 1956 earliest preserie Kold Christensen Poul Kjaerholm
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Gistel, BE
earliest version of the PK22, cataloged as PK21 during the first year of production. This very early pre-production still has the brazed/welded base, differs slightly in dimensions ...
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1950s Danish Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen

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Metal

PK61 Coffee Table by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Dronten, NL
Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen PK61 occasional table, white honed marble and matte chrome steel, made in Denmark, designed in 1955. Marked with E. Kold Christensen logo in th...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen

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Marble, Steel

PK20 Chair by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1960
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Amsterdam, NL
A beautiful PK20 highback lounge chair, designed by Poul Kjaerholm and manufactured by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark around 1960. This very rare chair is guaranteed to draw the att...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen

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Metal

Poul Kjaerholm PK61 for E. Kold Christensen Coffee Table, 1969
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Iconic early version PK-61 coffee table, designed by Poul Kjærholm, 1969 for E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1956-1981 in brushed, chromium-plated steel with glass top, marked with EKC...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen

Materials

Steel

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