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Poul Kjaerholm Furniture

Poul Kjærholm (Denmark, 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 PK 22 chair of 1956, a low-slung leather lounger on a steel base. The ideas introduced in the PK 22 — 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 PK 11 chair of 1957, with back and armrests formed by a semicircle of ash; the capacious, richly patinated leather seat of a vintage 1961 PK 9 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 Kjærholm PK 111 Screen or Room Divider by PP Møbler Danish
By Poul Kjærholm, PP Mobler
Located in Amsterdam, NL
PK 111 is a laminated wood element that is assembled to produce freestanding partitions. Each element is constructed of two bent pieces of three-ply laminated Oregon pine joined with...
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1990s Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Kjaerholm Furniture

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Plywood

Pair of Poul Kjærholm PK 20 Lounge Chair for E.Kold Christensen, 1960s
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Amsterdam, NL
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Furniture

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Leather

Poul Kjærholm PK 53 Work Table-Desk Danish 1950s by E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Amsterdam, NL
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Furniture

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Steel, Wood

PK-22 Easy Chair by Poul Kjærholm for Fritz Hansen, Vintage Rattan / Wicker edit
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Amsterdam, NL
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1980s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Furniture

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Steel, Wicker

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Gold Hill Folding Stool by Poul Hundevad
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