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E. Kold Christensen Sofas

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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
Danish Design Sofa PK 31/3 Poul Kjærholm E. Kold Christensen Denmark Kjaerholm
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Oldenburg, NI
Beautiful, black sofa designed by Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen in Denmark, 1958. The model is named “PK 31/3”, corresponding to the 3-seater sofa. The sofa has a beautiful p...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Sofas

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Stainless Steel

PK-31/2 Leather Sofa by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, 1958, Denmark
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Steenwijk, NL
This sofa was once placed in a bank building in Denmark. It is completely original and marked with the original marking of E. Kold Christensen on the bottom bar. The dark brown leath...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Sofas

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Steel, Chrome

Poul Kjærholm PK-31/4 Sofa by E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1950's
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very rare and exceptional 4 seat PK31 sofa. This stunning sofa is designed by Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen, Denmark 1950's. Beautiful and high quality original black lea...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Sofas

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Steel

Poul Kjaerholm PK-31/3 Sofa Kold Christensen
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in BAARLO, LI
This three-seater sofa is a rare, timeless, and original old 1960s version of the PK-31, a famous and iconic design by Poul Kjaerholm for Kold Christensen. The previous owner had the...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Sofas

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Metal, Steel

PK 31-3 leather sofa by Poul Kjærholm, E.Kold Christensen, Denmark 1960
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Renens, CH
Iconic PK31 three-seater leather sofa by Poul Kjærholm, EKC Denmark 1958. This sofa is from the first edition produced by E.Kold Christensen until Fritz Hansen takes over the produc...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Sofas

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Steel

Poul Kjaerholm 'PK31' Sofa in Black Leather
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
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 Sofas

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Metal

PK-31/2 Sofa in Brown Leather by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, 1958
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Steenwijk, NL
This sofa comes from a bank building in Denmark. It is completely original and marked with the original marking of E. Kold Christensen on the bottom bar. The dark brown leather has ...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Sofas

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Metal

Poul Kjaerholm Two-Seat Black "Elegance" Leather Sofa for E.Kold Christensen
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Madrid, ES
A two-seat sofa designed by Poul Kjaerhom and edited by Kold Christensen in 1958. Stamped.Frame in chromed steel. Back, sides and loose cushions upholstered in original black "elegan...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Sofas

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Steel

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Poul Kjaerholm PK 31/2 two-seat sofa / settee. E. Kold Christensen Denmark, 1958. Leather with a chrome-plated steel frame. Signed with impressed manufacturer's mark to the frame. ...
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Poul Kjærholm, Sofa Model PK-31-2, for E Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Two-seat sofa, model PK-31, designed by Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen. Black leather and matt polished steel. Denmark, mid-1900s. 2 pieces available, price per piece. Make...
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Poul Kjaerholm PK31 Sofa for E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjaerholm PK31 sofa. Dull chromium-plated steel, black colored oxhide, loose down cushions. Executed by E. Kold Christensen, Denmark.
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H 29.93 in W 53.94 in D 29.93 in
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Located in Copenhagen, DK
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Located in Sagaponack, NY
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Poul Kjaerholm PK31 Sofa in Black Leather for E Kold Christensen, Denmark
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Located in Amsterdam, NL
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PK 31/2 Sofa by Poul Kjærholm
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Located in Copenhagen, DK
PK 31/2 – 2-seat sofa in patinated black leather on matt chromed steel frame. Two pieces in stock. Maker E. Kold Christensen. Design 1958.
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PK 31/2 Sofa by Poul Kjærholm
PK 31/2 Sofa by Poul Kjærholm
H 27.56 in W 53.94 in D 29.53 in
PK 31/3 Three-Seat in Orginal Leather by Poul Kjærholm
By E. Kold Christensen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
PK 31/3 3-seat sofa in original, patinated cognac leather på matte-chromed steel frame. Maker E. Kold Christensen, 1958.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern E. Kold Christensen Sofas

3-Seat Sofa by Poul Kjærholm
By E. Kold Christensen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
PK 31/3 - 3-seat sofa in original black leather with matte chromed steel frame. Designed in 1958. Maker E. Kold Christensen.
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3-Seat Sofa by Poul Kjærholm
3-Seat Sofa by Poul Kjærholm
H 27.56 in W 78.75 in D 29.53 in

E. Kold Christensen sofas for sale on 1stDibs.

E. Kold Christensen sofas 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 sofas, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original sofas by E. Kold Christensen were created in the mid-century modern style in scandinavia during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider sofas by France & Daverkosen, Kurt Østervig, and CFC Silkeborg. Prices for E. Kold Christensen sofas can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $11,524 and can go as high as $38,723, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $14,883.

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