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E. Kold Christensen Chairs

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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
Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen Pair of 'PK20' Lounge Chairs in Leather
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
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 Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Chair designed by Poul Kjaerholm manufactured by da E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Firenze, FI
Chair PK11, designed in 1957 by Poul Kjaerholm and produced by E. Kold Christensen, marked by the manufacturer. Ash backrest and a linear three-legged structure in chromed steel. Wit...
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1950s Danish Vintage E. Kold Christensen Chairs

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Steel

Cognac Leather PK 22 Poul Kjaerholm Lounge Chair, Scandinavian Modern, 1960's
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Antwerp, BE
Cognac leather PK 22 Poul Kjaerholm lounge chair, Scandinavian Modern, 1960's While his mid-century Danish peers were working with wood, P...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Chairs

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Steel

Poul Kjærholm Iconic PK 22 Chair reupholstered in Cowhide, E. Kold Christensen 2
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Santa Gertrudis, Baleares
Poul Kjærholm (1929–1980) the praised Danish designer, the "furniture architect", designed the emblematic PK22 Chair in 1956. Standing out from the other Danish mid century designers, his predilection material wasn't wood but steel. This PK22 gets its outstanding comfort from the cowhide which is floating above the metal structure, thanks to the curved crossbars that holds the feet together without interfering with the seat's ergonomy. The obviously powerful and effective design speaks for itself, fitting perfectly a more intimate space needing structure and discretion thanks to the thin and light side view, as well as larger rooms thanks to the wide seat and backrest creating subtle geometric shapes. The chair has been reupholstered in an elegant black and white cowhide, whose unique pattern interacts gracefully with the design. The frame bears...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Chairs

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Steel

Poul Kjaerholm Pair of PK22 for E. Kold Christensen
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjaerholm pair of PK22 easy chairs in dull chromium-plated steel and cane. Executed by E. Kold Christensen, Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern E. Kold Christensen Chairs

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Steel

PK20 Easy Chair by Poul Kjaerholm Produced by E. Kold Christensen
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Stamford, CT
A PK20 chair produced by Kold Christensen in Poul Kjaeholms iconic matte chrome finish. Leather is in great shape without staining and remains supple. E. Ko...
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1970s Danish Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Chairs

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Chrome

Poul Kjærholm PK 33 Stool for E. Kold Christensen, Original Condition, 1959
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Houston, TX
Poul Kjærholm, original condition. PK 33 stool. E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1959. Matte, chrome-plate spring steel with patinated, laminated wood...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Chairs

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Steel

Set of 4 Poul Kjærholm Pk12 for E. Kold Christensen, 1964
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
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 Chairs

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Chrome

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 Chairs

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Steel

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PK22 in Cane by Poul Kjærholm for E Kold Christensen
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Located in Saint Paul, MN
This is a rare early edition PK22 by famed Danish designer, Poul Kjærholm. Manufactured by Ejvind Kold Christensen, this model long predates any current models available from Fritz Hansen. Kjærholm's designs are know for their architectural nature and the PK22 is no different. The bent steel legs and frame serve as the framework for delicately woven cane whose warmth is a juxtaposition to the sterility of the steel. The cane is perfectly patinated and pairs well with the oxidized steel frame that is missing some of the finish. This is a true collector's item that can be used for many years. Confluence...
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Poul Kjaerholm PK20 Lounge Chair in Cognac Leather
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Poul Kjaerholm PK 22 Wicker and Stainless Lounge Chair
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Poul Kjaerholm PK 22 wicker and stainless lounge chair. Classic Kjaerholm design, extremely comfortable. PK 22 Wicker and brushed steel chair by Poul Kjae...
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PK22 Lounge Chair by Poul Kjaerholm
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Located in Doral, FL
PK22 Lounge Chair by Poul Kjaerholm Produced by Fritz Hansen 1956 / 2005 Satined Brush Stainless Steel and Natural Leather
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Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Lounge Chair in Black Leather E Kold Christensen PK 22
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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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6 Chairs PK9 from Poul Kjaerholm for Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Bruxelles, BE
Suite of 6 dining chairs model PK 9 designed by Poul Kjaerholm in 1961 for Kold Christensen. It’s an early edition in good condition. Very rare set made by one of the most sought a...
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Poul Kjærholm Easy Chairs Model PK-22 Produced by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark
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Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare pair of easy chairs model PK-22 designed by Poul Kjærholm. Produced by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark.
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Poul Kjærholm Model Pk22 Natural Canvas
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Berkeley, CA
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Poul Kjærholm Model Pk22 Natural Canvas
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H 28 in W 24.5 in D 24.5 in
Poul Kjærholm Fauteuils PK22 voor E.Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Den Haag, NL
In a all original condition .real attic find . Early edition . Design by Poul Kjaerholm Manufactured by E. Kold Christensen . Upholstery in Canvas and rust . Great looking chair .
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Poul Kjærholm Model Pk22 Wicker
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Berkeley, CA
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Poul Kjærholm Model Pk22 Wicker
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Poul Kjaerholm "PK22" Lounge Chairs for Fritz Hansen in Cognac Leather, 1956
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Brescia , Brescia
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Poul Kjaerholm Cane PK22 Lounge Chair
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
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Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Lounge Chair in Leather
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
This stunning Mid-Century Modern lounge chair is an early production PK22 lounge chair designed by Poul Kjaerholm in the middle of the 1950s. The cha...
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Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Lounge chair in Cognac leather for E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Highclere, Newbury
An early production Vintage Danish Mid Century Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Lounge chair in polished steel and cognac leather for E. Kold Christensen. Originally designed in 1956 the PK22 stands out as one of Kjaerholm’s most lauded and recognised designs. Inspired by the both the ancient ‘Klismos’ Greek chair design and Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, it features legs that are angled in opposite directions to provide a strong but light frame. The frame is constructed from bent steel bar and has a simple elegance that originates from his graduation project, the ‘Element’ Chair...
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Poul Kjaerholm PK-9 Dining Chairs Produced by E. Kold Christensen, Denmark 1960s
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Stockholm, SE
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Early PK9 Chair in Leather by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen / Denmark
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Buffalo, NY
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Poul Kjærholm PK 91 Folding Stool, Early Production, Denmark, 1961
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
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Poul Kjaerholm PK9 Chair by Ejvind Kold Christensen Denmark
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Located in Utrecht, NL
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PK1 Chair by Poul Kjaerholm
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Antwerp, BE
Poul Kjærholm’s very first dining chair – was designed in 1955 and marked the beginning of an impressive career. In original condition A PK1 side chair desi...
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PK1 Chair by Poul Kjaerholm
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H 27.96 in W 19.69 in L 27.96 in
PK22 Cognac Leather Kold Christensen Lounge Chairs
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Antwerp, BE
Poul Kjaerholm, PK22, E.Kold Christensen edition, Denmark, 1960s Scandinavian Modern archetypical lounge chair in the most beautiful cognac leather. Designed in 1956, these cha...
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PK22 Cognac Leather Kold Christensen Lounge Chairs
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Antwerp, BE
Poul Kjaerholm, PK22 , E.Kold Christensen edition, Denmark, 1960s Scandinavian modern archetypical lounge chair in the most beautiful cognac leather. Designed in 1956, these ch...
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Scandinavian Modern Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Original First Edition
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in London, GB
Original first edition PK 22 low chair designed 1956. Cognac leather seat on stamped polish steel frame. Poul Kjaerholme was one of the leading post war Scandinavian designers. Fram...
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Poul Kjaerholm Armchair Model No. PK12 for E. Kold Christensen, circa 1964
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in San Juan Capistrano, CA
Poul Kjaerholm armchair model no. PK12 for E. Kold Christensen, circa 1964.
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E. Kold Christensen chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

E. Kold Christensen chairs 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 chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original chairs 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 chairs by Frits Henningsen, Nanna Ditzel, and Jacob Kjær. Prices for E. Kold Christensen chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $5,100 and can go as high as $63,659, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $10,542.

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