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E. Kold Christensen Armchairs

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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.

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Creator: E. Kold Christensen
Mid-Century Poul Kjaerholm Armchair "PK-31", circa 1950, Denmark
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Girona, Spain
DESCRIPTION: Mid-Century Poul Kjaerholm Armchair "PK-31", circa 1950, Denmark. Very decorative piece made with leather and steel. CONDITION: Good vintage condition. Wear consistent...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern E. Kold Christensen Armchairs

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Steel, Chrome

Poul Kjaerholm "Pk 11" Armchair for E. Kold 1957
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Skokie, IL
Poul Kjaerholm "PK 11" Armchair Produced by E. Kold Christensen, Denmark circa 1957 Additional Information: Materials: Taminated ash wood, matte chrome-plated steel, leather, plasti...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern E. Kold Christensen Armchairs

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Steel

Vintage "PK 11" Armchair by Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1950s
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Cool “PK 11” armchair by Poul Kjærholm, designed in 1957, executed by original producer E. Kold Christensen. Carried out in ash and br...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Armchairs

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Steel

Set of 4 Poul Kjærholm Pk12 for E. Kold Christensen, 1964
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in L'Escala, ES
Very rare set of 4 Poul Kjærholm PK12 chairs in beautiful camel patined leather manufactured by E. Kold Christensen in 1964. More than his contem...
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Mid-20th Century Danish E. Kold Christensen Armchairs

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Chrome

Set of 6 Poul Kjærholm Pk11 for E. Kold Christensen, 1957
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in L'Escala, ES
An outstanding set of six PK11 chairs designed in 1957 by Poul Kjærholm and edited by E.Kold Christensen, Stamped by maker. Edition no longer in production. Beautiful ash back and ma...
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Mid-20th Century Danish E. Kold Christensen Armchairs

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Metal

Poul Kjaerholm PK31 Easy Chair for E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjaerholm PK31 easy chair. Dull chromium-plated steel, black colored oxhide, loose down cushions. Executed by E. Kold Christensen, Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern E. Kold Christensen Armchairs

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Steel

Poul Kjærholm Pair of 'PK31-1' Lounge Chairs in Original Black Leather
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
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 Armchairs

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Steel, Chrome

Pair of Poul Kjærholm PK12 for E. Kold Christensen, 1964
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A pair of Poul Kjaerholm PK-12 chairs for E. Kold Christensen. Chromed steel frame and seat upholstered with brown Nigerian leather. Designed ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

PK20 Lounge Chair by Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen, 1968
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Ternay, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Rare early edition Danish lounge chair by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen. Steel structure with leather seat. Signed under the seat. Model low back chair, very rare.  
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Armchairs

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Steel

Poul Kjærholm PK-11 by E. Kold Christensen, Denmark
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Provenance: Signe Persson-Melin.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Armchairs

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Steel

PK 13 "Free Swinger" Cantilevered Armchair by Poul Kjaerholm, circa 1974
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in New York, NY
PK 13 "Free Swinger" cantilevered armchair with chrome-plated spring steel frame and natural brown leather cushion. Designed by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Chris...
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1970s Danish Vintage E. Kold Christensen Armchairs

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Steel

Pair of PK31/1 Poul Kjaerholm Lounge Chairs
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Paris, Ile-de-France
A pair of black leather lounge chairs Model PK31/1 Design : Poul Kjærholm, 1958 Manufactured by E. Kold Christensen Marked on metal foot upholstered in black calfskin . Denmark, cir...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Armchairs

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Metal

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Located in San Juan Capistrano, CA
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E. Kold Christensen armchairs for sale on 1stDibs.

E. Kold Christensen armchairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of E. Kold Christensen armchairs, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original armchairs by E. Kold Christensen were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in scandinavia during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider armchairs by Madsen & Schubell, Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel, and Niels Vodder. Prices for E. Kold Christensen armchairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $7,500 and can go as high as $63,659, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $16,494.

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