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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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Poul Kjaerholm Pk 22
Poul Kjaerholm Pk 22
Poul Kjaerholm Pk 61
Poul Kjaerholm Pk 61
Poul Kjaerholm Pk 31 3
Poul Kjaerholm Pk 31 3
Pk 31 2
Pk 31 2
Poul Kjaerholm PK61 Coffee Table for E. Kold Christensen
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjaerholm coffee table PK61. Executed by E. Kold Christensen, Denmark. Dull chromium plated steel and top of flint-rolled greenland marble.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Kjaerholm

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Marble, 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 Poul Kjaerholm

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Steel

  • Poul Kjaerholm Pair of PK22 for E. Kold Christensen
  • Poul Kjaerholm Pair of PK22 for E. Kold Christensen
  • Poul Kjaerholm Pair of PK22 for E. Kold Christensen
  • Poul Kjaerholm Pair of PK22 for E. Kold Christensen
H 27.96 in. W 24.81 in. D 24.81 in.
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 Kjærholm PK-9 Dining Chairs by E. Kold Christensen Leather, Denmark
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Vienna, AT
A set of five early original 1960's PK9 chairs for E. Kold Christensen (marked), produced circa 1960-1970- in very good condition. Amazing set of early sculptural classic chairs fro...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm

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Steel

Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Lounge Chair in Cream Leather for Fritz Hansen '2 Available'
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Highclere, Newbury
A Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Lounge chair in polished, brushed steel and cream leather for Fritz Hansen. There are two virtually identical chairs available. The price shown is per chair. ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Poul Kjaerholm

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Steel

Poul Kjærholm PK-91 Stool by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
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

Poul Kjaerholm PK71 for E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A set of Poul Kjaerholm 'PK 71' nesting tables with steel frame and top of black acrylic. Designed by Kjaerholm in 1957, manufactured by E. Kold Christensen. Marked 'Denmark'...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm

Poul Kjaerholm Professor Desk for Rud. Rasmussen
By Poul Kjærholm, Rud Rasmussen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjaerholm professor desk. Oxidixed steel frame and top of Oregon Pine. Executed by Rud. Rasmussen, Copenhagen.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Kjaerholm

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Steel

  • Poul Kjaerholm Professor Desk for Rud. Rasmussen
  • Poul Kjaerholm Professor Desk for Rud. Rasmussen
  • Poul Kjaerholm Professor Desk for Rud. Rasmussen
  • Poul Kjaerholm Professor Desk for Rud. Rasmussen
H 26.97 in. W 72.84 in. D 33.47 in.
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Poul Kjaerholm Pk 22
Poul Kjaerholm Pk 22
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$7,880
Number Available
25
Poul Kjaerholm Pk 22
By Poul Kjærholm
Materials
Metal, Steel, Animal Skin, Leather
Styles
Scandinavian Modern
While his mid-century Danish peers were working with wood, Poul Kjærholm (1929–80) found inspiration in the structural potential of steel. His innovative PK22 chair, designed in 1956 for E. Kold Christensen, offers a modern take on the style of ancient folding chairs through its 20th-century engineering.Trained as a cabinetmaker, Kjærholm was influenced by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, whose 1929 Barcelona chair — created with Lilly Reich — anticipated the PK22 with its angled metal frame and lea...
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Poul Kjaerholm Pk 61
Poul Kjaerholm Pk 61
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$8,833
Number Available
19
Poul Kjaerholm Pk 61
By Poul Kjærholm
Materials
Metal, Stone, Steel, Marble, Slate
Styles
Scandinavian Modern
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Poul Kjaerholm Pk 31 3
Poul Kjaerholm Pk 31 3
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$20,196
Number Available
12
Poul Kjaerholm Pk 31 3
By Poul Kjærholm
Materials
Animal Skin, Leather
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Scandinavian Modern
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Pk 31 2
Pk 31 2
Average Price
$11,782
Number Available
9
Pk 31 2
By Poul Kjærholm
Materials
Animal Skin, Leather, Metal, Steel
Styles
Scandinavian Modern, Mid Century Modern
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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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