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 Kjaerholm PK 22 Chairs for E. Kold Christensen, Original Condition 1956
Poul Kjaerholm PK 22 Chairs for E. Kold Christensen, Original Condition 1956
Offered by The Exchange Int
Dimensions: H 27 in. W 24.75 in. D 27 in.
Dealer Location: Houston, TX
Materials & Techniques: Leather, Steel
Poul Kjaerholm PK 22 Chairs for E. Kold Christense...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Leather, Steel
Poul Kjaerholm, PK 22 lounge chairs. E. Kold Christensen. Denmark, 1956. Leather, chrome-plated steel. Measures: 24.75 W x 27 D x 27 H inches. Signed with manufacturer's mark...
Poul Kjærholm “PK-9”
Poul Kjærholm “PK-9”
Offered by Nordic
Dimensions: H 30 in. W 22 in. D 15 in.
Dealer Location: Stockholm, SE
Poul Kjærholm “PK-9”
Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1960s Chairs
Chair with frame of mat chromed steel. Upholstered with red leather. Manufactured by Fritz Hansen.
Poul Kjaerholm "PK-22" Armchair
Poul Kjaerholm "PK-22" Armchair
Offered by Nordic
Dimensions: H 27 in. W 24.75 in. D 27 in.
Dealer Location: Stockholm, SE
Poul Kjaerholm "PK-22" Armchair
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Vintage 1950s Chairs
Armchair, "PK-22" E. Kold Christensen, light leather upholstery. Marked with E. Kold Christensen's hallmark in the steel. Measures: Height 63, width 70, height 70 cm. More information t...
Poul Kjaerholm for E Kold Christensen Chair, Model PK-22
Poul Kjaerholm for E Kold Christensen Chair, Model PK-22
Offered by The Exchange Int
Dimensions: H 27 in. W 24.75 in. D 27 in.
Dealer Location: Houston, TX
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Cane
Poul Kjaerholm for E Kold Christensen Chair, Model...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Steel, Cane
Poul Kjærholm for E Kold Christensen chair with original cane, Denmark, circa 1950s. Stamped. Measures: 27 in. H x 24.75 in. W x 27 in. D. 69 cm H x 63 cm W x 69 cm D.       ...
Poul Kjærholm PK 33 Stool for E. Kold Christensen, Original Condition, 1959
Poul Kjærholm PK 33 Stool for E. Kold Christensen, Original Condition, 1959
Offered by The Exchange Int
Dimensions: H 14 in. Dm 21 in.
Dealer Location: Houston, TX
Materials & Techniques: Leather, Steel, Wood
Poul Kjærholm PK 33 Stool for E. Kold Christensen,...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Leather, Steel, Wood
Poul Kjærholm, original condition. PK 33 stool. E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1959. Matte, chrome-plate spring steel with patinated, laminated wood. Dimensions: 53.34 x 35.56...
Poul Kjaerholm Pk11 for E Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1957
Poul Kjaerholm Pk11 for E Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1957
Offered by Midmod - Design
Dimensions: H 25.59 in. W 24.8 in. D 17.72 in.
Dealer Location: Roosendaal, NL
Materials & Techniques: Leather, Chrome, Birch
Poul Kjaerholm Pk11 for E Kold Christensen, Denmar...
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Leather, Chrome, Birch
This is for a very nice example of the famous PK11 armchair designed by Poul Kjaerholm for E Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1957. This model is an early edition with very nice black slightl...
Six Poul Kjaerholm PK 11 Chairs, Original Condition, 1957
Six Poul Kjaerholm PK 11 Chairs, Original Condition, 1957
Offered by The Exchange Int
Dimensions: H 25.75 in. W 25 in. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: Houston, TX
Materials & Techniques: Leather, Oak, Chrome, Steel
Six Poul Kjaerholm PK 11 Chairs, Original Conditio...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Leather, Oak, Chrome, Steel
Poul Kjaerholm PK 11 chairs, set of six. E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1957. Matte chrome-plated steel, oak, leather. Measures: 25 W x 18 D x 25.75 H inches. Stamped {DENMARK}. Set ...
Early PK22 by Poul Kjaerholm with Nickel Frame and Original Tan Leather
Early PK22 by Poul Kjaerholm with Nickel Frame and Original Tan Leather
Offered by Matt Mitchell London
Dimensions: H 0.39 in. W 0.39 in. D 0.39 in.
Dealer Location: London, GB
Materials & Techniques: Leather, Nickel, Steel
Early PK22 by Poul Kjaerholm with Nickel Frame and...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Leather, Nickel, Steel
An early example of Poul Kjaerholm's 1956 design, model PK22. This piece, manufactured by E Kold Christensen, has the original nickel-plated steel frame and tan leather. The chair s...
Pair of PK11 by Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Pair of PK11 by Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Offered by Milsted Andersen
Dimensions: H 25.59 in. W 24.41 in. D 17.72 in.
Dealer Location: Copenhagen, DK
Materials & Techniques: Ash, Steel
Pair of PK11 by Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christense...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Ash, Steel
Two PK 11 chairs by Poul Kjærholm, 1957. Executed by E. Kold Christensen 1957-1975. Dull chromium-plated steel, Ash and parchment.
Poul Kjærholm Four PK1 Chairs in Wicker with Steel Frame
Poul Kjærholm Four PK1 Chairs in Wicker with Steel Frame
Offered by Mostly Danish
Dimensions: H 27.5 in. W 18.5 in. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: Ottawa, CA
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Wicker
Poul Kjærholm Four PK1 Chairs in Wicker with Steel...
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel, Wicker
A set of four PK1 chairs by Poul Kjærholm. Featuring a steel frame and wicker upholstery. Eye-catching design from the 1950s.
1956, Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, PK22 Lounge Chair
1956, Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, PK22 Lounge Chair
Offered by Casey Godrie Amsterdam - 20th Century Icons & Props
1956, Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, PK22 Lounge Chair
Offered by Casey Godrie Amsterdam - 20th Century Icons & Props
Dimensions: H 27.56 in. W 24.8 in. D 24.8 in.
Dealer Location: Amsterdam, NL
Materials & Techniques: Leather, Stainless Steel
1956, Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, PK22...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Leather, Stainless Steel
This icon is in beautiful leather that gained character over the years. At the corners of the seating some minor loss. (see picture #10) At the foot of the base some slightly rosty spot...
Lounge Chair PK20 by Poul Kjaerholm, Kold Christensen, Denmark
Lounge Chair PK20 by Poul Kjaerholm, Kold Christensen, Denmark
Offered by Zimmerdahl Antiques & 20th Century Design
Dimensions: H 6 ft. 11 in. W 6 ft. 8 in. D 5 ft. 11 in.
Dealer Location: Lund, SE
Materials & Techniques: Stainless Steel, Wicker
Lounge Chair PK20 by Poul Kjaerholm, Kold Christen...
Poul Kjaerholm
20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Stainless Steel, Wicker
PK20 lounge chair designed in 1967 by Poul Kjaerholm. Manufactured by E Kold Christensen, Hellerup, Denmark. Manufactured 1968-1980.
Poul Kjaerholm PK11 Chairs Black Leather Set (2)
Poul Kjaerholm PK11 Chairs Black Leather Set (2)
Offered by HOLM Vintage
Dimensions: H 25.59 in. W 25.2 in. D 17.72 in.
Dealer Location: Berlin, DE
Materials & Techniques: Ash, Leather, Steel
Poul Kjaerholm PK11 Chairs Black Leather Set (2)
Poul Kjaerholm
20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Ash, Leather, Steel
Great set of (2) PK11 chairs made by Fritz Hansen in 1988. Black leather seats, matte chromed flat steel and ash armrests. Minor wear consistent with age and use.   
Poul Kjaerholm, Two Sets of Six PK9 Chairs, circa 1960
Poul Kjaerholm, Two Sets of Six PK9 Chairs, circa 1960
Offered by Galerie Chantala
Dimensions: H 22.05 in. W 22.05 in. D 22.05 in.
Dealer Location: Paris, FR
Materials & Techniques: Leather, Steel
Poul Kjaerholm, Two Sets of Six PK9 Chairs, circa ...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Leather, Steel
Two beautifully sets of six each PK9 chairs, the seats upholstered with a nicely patinated cognac leather on three stainless steel legs.
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 in Canvas
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 in Canvas
Offered by MY MODERN
Dimensions: H 27.56 in. W 24.8 in. D 25.98 in.
Dealer Location: Dronten, NL
Materials & Techniques: Canvas, Stainless Steel
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 in Canvas
Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Canvas, Stainless Steel
PK22 in brown canvas. This one is from the 2006 limited edition one year production canvas series. Fritz Hansen, marked with label and stamp. Excellent fast and affordable worldwid...
Set of Poul Kjaerholm and Jorgen Hoj Easy Chairs
Set of Poul Kjaerholm and Jorgen Hoj Easy Chairs
Offered by Frank Landau - Selected Design Objects & Fine Art
Set of Poul Kjaerholm and Jorgen Hoj Easy Chairs
Offered by Frank Landau - Selected Design Objects & Fine Art
Dimensions: H 23.62 in. W 25.59 in. D 29.53 in.
Dealer Location: Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Materials & Techniques: Ash, Linen
Set of Poul Kjaerholm and Jorgen Hoj Easy Chairs
Thorald Madsen Snedkeri, Jorgen Hoj, Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Ash, Linen
This set of easy chairs are designed by famous Danish Poul Kjaerholm and Jorgen Hoj. The wooden base is made out of ash, the seat and back are from natural linen. Manufactured in 1952 b...
Poul Kjaerholm PK9 Chairs for E. Kold Christensen, Original Condition, 1960s
Poul Kjaerholm PK9 Chairs for E. Kold Christensen, Original Condition, 1960s
Offered by The Exchange Int
On Hold
Dimensions: H 30 in. W 22 in. D 15 in.
Dealer Location: Houston, TX
Materials & Techniques: Chrome, Leather, Steel
Poul Kjaerholm PK9 Chairs for E. Kold Christensen,...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Chrome, Leather, Steel
Two PK 9 chairs designed by Poul Kjaerholm E. Kold Christensen,  Denmark, circa early 1960s. Original dark brown patina leather. Chairs are signed with manufacturers mark.
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 for E Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1956
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 for E Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1956
Offered by Midmod - Design
Dimensions: H 28.74 in. W 24.8 in. D 24.8 in.
Dealer Location: Roosendaal, NL
Materials & Techniques: Chrome, Leather, Metal
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 for E Kold Christensen, Denmar...
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Chrome, Leather, Metal
This is for a very nice example of the famous PK22 chair designed by Poul Kjaerholm for E Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1956. This model is an early edition with very nice dark brown patin...
Poul Kjaerholm PK-1 Chair
Poul Kjaerholm PK-1 Chair
Offered by Home Anthology, Inc.
Dimensions: H 27.75 in. W 19 in. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: Baltimore, MD
Materials & Techniques: Metal, Rope
Poul Kjaerholm PK-1 Chair
Poul Kjaerholm
Mid-20th Century Danish Chairs
Metal, Rope
Designed in 1956, this Paul Kjaerholm PK-1 chair has its original roping and painted metal finish.
Pair of Brown Leather Poul Kjærholm PK20 Chairs
Pair of Brown Leather Poul Kjærholm PK20 Chairs
Offered by Atelier 1505
Dimensions: H 36 in. W 31 in. D 29 in.
Dealer Location: Houston, TX
Materials & Techniques: Stainless Steel
Pair of Brown Leather Poul Kjærholm PK20 Chairs
Poul Kjaerholm
Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Stainless Steel
Pair of chairs were manufactured by Fritz Hansen in 1986. Extremely comfortable.
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 in Cane by E. Kold Christensen
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 in Cane by E. Kold Christensen
Offered by Kobenhavns Mobelgalleri ApS.
Dimensions: H 29.13 in. W 24.8 in. D 25.59 in.
Dealer Location: Copenhagen, DK
Materials & Techniques: Cane, Steel
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 in Cane by E. Kold Christensen...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Cane, Steel
Poul Kjærholm. PK-22. Easy chair with steel frame. Seat and back with woven cane. Designed 1955. Manufactured and stamped by E. Kold Christensen.
Easy Chair PK22 by Poul Kjærholm and Manufactured by E. Kold Christensen
Easy Chair PK22 by Poul Kjærholm and Manufactured by E. Kold Christensen
Offered by Osted Antique & Design
Dimensions: H 28.15 in. W 24.8 in. D 23.62 in.
Dealer Location: Lejre, DK
Materials & Techniques: Leather, Stainless Steel
Easy Chair PK22 by Poul Kjærholm and Manufactured ...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Leather, Stainless Steel
Easy Chair, model PK22, in original patinated leather and brushed steel designed by Poul Kjærholm in 1956 and manufactured by E. Kold Christensen c. 1960.
Pair of Poul Kjærholm Pk 22 Chairs
Pair of Poul Kjærholm Pk 22 Chairs
Offered by Arenskjold Antiques Art
Dimensions: H 28.5 in. W 25 in. D 25 in.
Dealer Location: Hudson, NY
Pair of Poul Kjærholm Pk 22 Chairs
Poul Kjaerholm
Late 20th Century Danish Chairs
Pair of PK 22 chairs by Poul Kjærholm made by Fritz Hansen in 1980s in red leather with steel frames.
Poul Kjaerholm Aluminum Chair
Poul Kjaerholm Aluminum Chair
Offered by Frank Landau - Selected Design Objects & Fine Art
Poul Kjaerholm Aluminum Chair
Offered by Frank Landau - Selected Design Objects & Fine Art
Dimensions: H 25.59 in. W 24.8 in. D 25.2 in.
Dealer Location: Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Materials & Techniques: Aluminum
Poul Kjaerholm Aluminum Chair
Poul Kjaerholm, Sean Kelly Gallery
2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Aluminum
Molded Aluminum Chair originally designed by Poul Kjaerholm and manufactured by Sean Kelly Gallery. This example is a re-edition from 2010. The original design is from 1953.
Pair of Poul Kjærholm PK 27 Easy Chairs
Pair of Poul Kjærholm PK 27 Easy Chairs
Offered by J.F. CHEN
Dimensions: H 27.75 in. W 27.5 in. D 27 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Leather
Pair of Poul Kjærholm PK 27 Easy Chairs
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1970s Danish Chairs
Leather
Pair of POUL KJÆRHOLM Pair of PK 27 Easy Chairs manufactured by E. Kold Christensen
Poul Kjaerholm & E Kold Christensen 'PK27' Leather Chair
Poul Kjaerholm & E Kold Christensen 'PK27' Leather Chair
Offered by J.F. CHEN
Dimensions: H 28 in. W 28 in. D 26 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Leather
Poul Kjaerholm & E Kold Christensen 'PK27' Leather...
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1970s Danish Chairs
Leather
Poul Kjaerholm & E Kold Christensen 'PK27', 1971 Denmark
Poul Kjaerholm, "PK 22"
Poul Kjaerholm, "PK 22"
Offered by Madero Collectors Room
Poul Kjaerholm, "PK 22"
Offered by Madero Collectors Room
Dimensions: H 29.13 in. W 24.8 in. D 24.8 in.
Dealer Location: Salzburg, AT
Materials & Techniques: Wicker, Steel
Poul Kjaerholm, "PK 22"
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Wicker, Steel
PK 22 Wicker and Brushed Steel Chair by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen designed 1951. The PK22 lounge chair by Poul Kjaerholm combines simple and clean lines in a unique elegan...
Molded Aluminum Tripod Chair
Molded Aluminum Tripod Chair
Offered by Modern Living Supplies
On Hold
Molded Aluminum Tripod Chair
Offered by Modern Living Supplies
On Hold
Dimensions: H 25 in. W 25 in. D 26.5 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Aluminum
Molded Aluminum Tripod Chair
Poul Kjaerholm
21st Century and Contemporary Danish Chairs
Aluminum
Molded aluminum tripod chair in grey. Total edition of 100, 25 in each color with 8 APs. Original design by Poul Kjaerholm, 1953. Currently produced by Sean Kelly Gallery and R 20th Cen...
pr. Poul Kjaerholm pk 1's E. Kold Christensen
pr. Poul Kjaerholm pk 1's E. Kold Christensen
Offered by Adam Edelsberg
Dimensions: H 27.5 in. W 19 in. Dm 17.5 in.
Dealer Location: Pawtucket, RI
Materials & Techniques: Rope
pr. Poul Kjaerholm pk 1's E. Kold Christensen
Poul Kjaerholm
20th Century Danish Chairs
Rope
Pr of pk 1's designed by Poul Kjearholm. With original roped seats.