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Poul Kjaerholm

Danish, 1929-1980

A trained cabinetmaker, Poul Kjærholm’s use of industrial methods and materials in the 1960s brought a fresh, graceful, sleek new style to Danish modern design.

At what is now the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Kjærholm studied under Hans Wegner and Jørn Utzon — an industrial designer and the architect of the celebrated Sydney Opera House. The latter greatly influenced Kjærholm’s furniture production techniques — although he employed natural materials such as cane and leather, to a far greater extent than his peers Kjærholm embraced the use of steel (rather than wood) framing for his chairs, daybeds and tables.

Kjærholm’s signal design was the PK22 chair of 1956, a low-slung leather lounger on a steel base. The ideas introduced in the PK22 — Kjærholm’s designs were named using a numeric system devised with his manufacturer, E. Kold Christensen — were refined throughout his career, as the offerings below show: the PK11 chair of 1957, with back and armrests formed by a semicircle of ash; the capacious, richly patinated leather seat of a vintage 1961 PK9 chair; the elegant rattan swoop of the PK 24 chaise longue (1965). The chaise longue's leather headrest, held in place by a steel counterweight, best shows Kjærholm's particular gift for combining technological advancements with a respect for traditional detailing.

While respectful of the past, Poul Kjærholm's sensibility is one of optimism and expectation. His was design for those who lived with verve and élan, and confidently anticipated the future.

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PK 22
PK 22
PK 61
PK 61
PK 20
PK 20
PK 31
PK 31
Poul Kjærholm Pair of PK22 for E. Kold Christensen
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjærholm two PK22 in dull chromium plated steel and cane. Executed by E. Kold Christensen, Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Kjaerholm

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Steel

  • Poul Kjærholm Pair of PK22 for E. Kold Christensen
  • Poul Kjærholm Pair of PK22 for E. Kold Christensen
  • Poul Kjærholm Pair of PK22 for E. Kold Christensen
  • Poul Kjærholm Pair of PK22 for E. Kold Christensen
H 27.96 in. W 24.81 in. D 24.81 in.
Poul Kjaerholm leather Lounge Chair PK 22 for E. Kold Christensen, Denmark
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in RHEEZERVEEN, Overijssel
Beautiful patinated darkbrown leather version of the famous PK22 chair. The PK22 lounge chair was an immediate success at the introduction in 1956. The chair embodies Poul Kjaerholm'...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm

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Metal

1950's black leather cushion, steel frame Stool by Poul Kjaerholm 'a'
By Poul Kjærholm, Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
This so called "PK33" stool is designed by famous Danish Poul Kjaerholm. The frame in chromium-plated steel are stamped and has fine patina, the upholstered cushion comes in original...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm

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Steel

Pair of PK 22 Lounge Chairs in Patinated Leather
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Lejre, DK
Pair of PK 22 lounge chairs in patinated leather, out standing patina. Designed by Poul Kjærholm and made by E. Kold Christensen Denmark in the 1960s, original condition.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm

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Leather

  • Pair of PK 22 Lounge Chairs in Patinated Leather
  • Pair of PK 22 Lounge Chairs in Patinated Leather
  • Pair of PK 22 Lounge Chairs in Patinated Leather
  • Pair of PK 22 Lounge Chairs in Patinated Leather
H 27.96 in. W 28.75 in. D 28.75 in.
PK-22 Easy Chair by Poul Kjærholm for Fritz Hansen, Vintage Rattan / Wicker edit
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Early 1980's vintage easy chair PK22 designed by Poul Kjaerholm in hand-woven rattan and brushed steel. The chair is in excellent condition, with some patina to the frame according t...
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1980s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm

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Steel

Easy Chair by Jørgen Høj and Poul Kjærholm for Thorald Madsen, Denmark 1952
By Poul Kjærholm, Thorald Madsens Snedkeri, Jorgen Hoj
Located in Utrecht, NL
Designed in 1952 by Jørgen Høj and Poul Kjærholm for Thorald Madsen Cabinetmakers, this easy chair in ash and flag halyard is a true modernist masterpiece. Removing everything tha...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm

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Wood

Poul Kjærholm PK-91 Stool by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare foldable stool model PK-91 designed by Poul Kjærholm. Produced by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm

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Steel

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 Poul Kjaerholm

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Metal

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PK 91 Folding Stools
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PK 31/2
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PK 31-3
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Poul Kjærholm furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Poul Kjærholm furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of Poul Kjærholm furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 228 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there are 31 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Poul Kjærholm were created in Europe during the 20th century in Scandinavian Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Illum Wikkels, Ole Wanscher and Johannes Andersen. The prices for Poul Kjærholm furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $525 and tops out at $92,098, while pieces like these can sell for $9,457 on average.

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