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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Rare Poul Kjaerholm Hanging Candelabrum
By Poul Kjaerholm
Dimensions: H 44 in. Dm 14 in.
Dealer Location: Hudson, NY
Rare Poul Kjaerholm Hanging Candelabrum
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1950s Danish Chandeliers and Pendants
Simple, elegant steel spiral floats from invisible fishing wire. Approximately 200 of the PK-101 were produced between 1959 and 1966 for E Kold Christensen.
Chandelier, Model PK101 by Poul Kjærholm
By Poul Kjaerholm
By Poul Kjaerholm
Dimensions: H 46.46 in. Dm 13.78 in.
Dealer Location: Brussels, BE
Materials & Techniques: Steel
Chandelier, Model PK101 by Poul Kjærholm
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Steel
Nickel-plated steel chandelier by Poul Kjærholm. Model PK101, this model was made to order only. Edition Kold Christensen.