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E. Kold Christensen Stools

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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 Kjaerholm "PK33" Stools Produced by E. Kold Christensen Denmark, 1960s
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare and early pair of "PK33" stools in steel and original brown leather by Poul Kjærholm produced by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark 1960s. In good original condition and stamped. ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Stools

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Steel

Matching Set of Three Poul Kjærholm PK33 Stools by E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Dronten, NL
Rare all original early production Poul Kjaerholm E. Kold Christensen set of 3 PK33 stools. Black leather seat pad and matte-chromed steel base with grey lacquered circular plywood s...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Stools

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Steel

Poul Kjaerholm for E Kold Christensen, Early PK91 Folding Stool, Danish 1960s
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Poul Kjaerholm for E Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1960s A PK-91 folding stool in chromed steel with vintage tan leather. Stool is stamped and displays the early stepped knuckle joints...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Stools

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Steel, Chrome

Poul Kjærholm PK33 Stool for E. Kold Christensen 1950s
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Skokie, IL
Poul Kjaerholm model "PK 33" black leather stool produced by E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1950s. Black leather seat pad and matte-chromed steel base with grey lacquered circular pl...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern E. Kold Christensen Stools

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Steel

Iconic Pk 91 Folding Stool by Poul Kjærholm for by E. Kold Christensen, DK 1961
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Antwerp, BE
Iconic PK 91 folding stool designed by Poul Kjærholm and manufactured by E. Kold Christensen, Denmark 1961. This stool is from an early production and has a matt chromed plated steel...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Stools

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Steel

Poul Kjaerholm PK91 Folding Stool by E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Highland, IN
Kjaerholm's 1961 masterpiece, the PK91 stool made by E. Kold Christensen is the perfect distillation of his aesthetic. A minimalist form combining matte ch...
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Stools

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Steel

1950s PK33 Stool by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An early 'PK-33' stool, with a round black leather cushion on three satin-chromed flat bar legs. Maker's mark on underside.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Stools

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Chrome

Poul Kjærholm PK 33 Stool for E. Kold Christensen, Original Condition, 1959
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
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 Stools

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Steel

Early Propeller Stool by Kjærholm
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Lejre, DK
Early produced propeller stool in chromed metal and canvas designed by MAA. Poul Kjærholm for EKC Made in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage E. Kold Christensen Stools

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E. Kold Christensen stools for sale on 1stDibs.

E. Kold Christensen stools 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 stools, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original stools 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 stools by Illum Wikkelsø, A.P. Stolen, and Børge Mogensen. Prices for E. Kold Christensen stools can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $4,512 and can go as high as $20,822, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $7,500.

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