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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 Copenhagen’s School of Arts and Crafts, 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 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 PK61 Coffee Table for E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1956
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Iconic PK61 coffee table by Poul Kjaerhom for Ejvind Kold Christensen (E. Kold Christensen), Denmark 1956. Minimal yet refined sophisticated design, a true Classic. The original grap...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Kjaerholm

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Chandelier PK 101 Designed by Poul Kjærholm in 1956
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A sculptural steel candelabrum for 32 candles. Designed by Poul Kjærholm in 1956, made by E. Kold Christensen, Denmark.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Kjaerholm

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Pair the PK20 is a Laidback and Elegant Easy Chair, Designed by Poul Kjærholm
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Hudson, NY
The PK20™ is a laidback and elegant easy chair, designed by Poul Kjærholm. Handcrafted in wicker ,he PK20 has become a Poul Kjærholm classic – as well as a permanent fixture at the V...
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1990s Mid-Century Modern Poul Kjaerholm

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Rare PK27 Easy Chair by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1971
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Echt, NL
Impressive PK27 easy chair in excellent condition. Designed by Poul Kjaerholm, Denmark Manufactured by E. Kold Christensen These chairs were only produced for three years, between...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Kjaerholm

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Leather, Suede, Bentwood, Plywood

Poul Kjaerholm Set of 'PK17' Side Tables
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Poul Kjaerholm for Georg Jensen Sølvsmedie, set of 'PK17' nesting tables, white acrylic, steel, Denmark, 1957 These modernist Danish nesting tables by Poul Kjaerholm were manufact...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm

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Steel

  • Poul Kjaerholm Set of 'PK17' Side Tables
  • Poul Kjaerholm Set of 'PK17' Side Tables
  • Poul Kjaerholm Set of 'PK17' Side Tables
  • Poul Kjaerholm Set of 'PK17' Side Tables
H 11.42 in. W 11.03 in. D 11.03 in.
Poul Kjærholm Pk-11 Armchair by E Kold Christensen, 1960s
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Renens, CH
Poul Kjærholm started his working life as a cabinetmaker’s apprentice, unlike many of his fellow designers of that time who were generally trained as architects. After completion of ...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm

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Steel

Easy Chair, Model Pk22, Designed by Poul Kjærholm, 2000
By Poul Kjærholm, Fritz Hansen
Located in Lejre, DK
Easy chair, model PK22, designed by Poul Kjærholm and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in 2000. The chair is with original paper cord and frame of chrome. We have three in stock.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm

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Chrome

Poul Kjaerholm PK61 Coffee Table for E. Kold Christensen, 1950 Denmark
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in The Hague, NL
Minimalist and world known coffee table designed by Poul Kjærholm and manufactured by Ejvind Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1950s. Model No: PK61. This original old EKC production table...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm

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Stone, Chrome

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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.