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 PK22 Lounge Chair for E. Kold Christiansen
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Dimensions: H 28 in. W 29 in. D 29 in.
Dealer Location: Belmont, MA
Materials & Techniques: Stainless Steel, Leather
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Lounge Chair for E. Kold Chris...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Stainless Steel, Leather
Designed by Poul Kjaerholm for his friend and manufacturer E. Kold Christiensen, the PK22 is made from brown leather and stainless steel. While many of Kjaerholm's contemporaries primar...
Set of Poul Kjaerholm and Jorgen Hoj Easy Chairs
By Thorald Madsen Snedkeri, Jorgen Hoj, Poul Kjaerholm
By Thorald Madsen Snedkeri, Jorgen Hoj, Poul Kjaerholm
Dimensions: H 23.62 in. W 25.59 in. D 29.53 in.
Dealer Location: Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Materials & Techniques: Linen, Ash
Set of Poul Kjaerholm and Jorgen Hoj Easy Chairs
Thorald Madsen Snedkeri, Jorgen Hoj, Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Linen, Ash
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...
Mid Century Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Original First Edition by E. Kold Christiansen
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Dimensions: H 27.56 in. W 24.8 in. D 26.18 in.
Dealer Location: London, GB
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Leather
Mid Century Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Original First Edi...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Steel, Leather
Original first edition PK 22 low chair designed 1956. Cognac leather seat on stamped polish steel frame. Poul Kjaerholme was one of the leading post war Scandinavian designers. Frame im...
Poul Kjærholm PK 33 Stool for E. Kold Christensen, Original Condition, 1959
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Dimensions: H 14 in. Dm 21 in.
Dealer Location: Houston, TX
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Leather, Wood
Poul Kjærholm PK 33 Stool for E. Kold Christensen,...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Steel, Leather, 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...
Six Poul Kjaerholm PK 11 Chairs, Original Condition, 1957
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Dimensions: H 25.75 in. W 25 in. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: Houston, TX
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Leather, Chrome, Oak
Six Poul Kjaerholm PK 11 Chairs, Original Conditio...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Steel, Leather, Chrome, Oak
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 ...
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Chairs
By Poul Kjaerholm
By Poul Kjaerholm
Dimensions: H 28 in. W 25 in. D 25 in.
Dealer Location: San Francisco, CA
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Leather
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Chairs
Poul Kjaerholm
21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Steel, Leather
A group of four PK22 chairs by Poul Kjaerholm made by Fritz Hansen in caramel color leather with brushed steel frame. Stamped by the manufacturer and retaining the original labels.
Pair of Poul Kjaerholm Pk20 Lounge Chairs
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjaerholm
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjaerholm
Dimensions: H 36 in. W 31.75 in. D 29 in.
Dealer Location: Laguna Hills, CA
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Leather
Pair of Poul Kjaerholm Pk20 Lounge Chairs
Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjaerholm
20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel, Leather
Pair of Poul Kjaerholm pk20 lounge chairs. Manufactured by Fritz Hansen, 1980s. Leather and matte chrome.
Poul Kjærholm PK 12 Chair, E. Kold Christensen, 1964
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Dimensions: H 26.77 in. W 24.41 in. D 18.9 in.
Dealer Location: Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjærholm PK 12 Chair, E. Kold Christensen, 19...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Poul Kjærholm PK 12 chair with chromed steel frame and seat upholstered with Nigerian leather. Designed 1964, made at E. Kold Christensen, Denmark with manufacture's mark. Pair ...
Pair of Poul Kjaerholm PK1 for E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Dimensions: H 27.56 in. W 18.9 in. D 14.57 in.
Dealer Location: Copenhagen, DK
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Cane
Pair of Poul Kjaerholm PK1 for E. Kold Christensen...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Steel, Cane
Two PK1 chairs by Poul Kjaerholm, 1956. Executed by E. Kold Christensen. Dull Chromuim-plated steel and cane. Marked Denmark.
Early Original Black Leather PK22 by Poul Kjaerholm for EKC
Dimensions: H 29.13 in. W 24.41 in. D 24.8 in.
Dealer Location: Dronten, NL
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Leather
Early Original Black Leather PK22 by Poul Kjaerhol...
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Steel, Leather
PK 22 chair designed by Poul Kjaerholm in the original black leather. E. Kold Christensen edition, the matte chrome frame embossed with EKC logo. Excellent fast and affordable worl...
Poul Kjaerholm Danish PK 22 Lounge Chair
By Poul Kjaerholm
By Poul Kjaerholm
Dimensions: H 29 in. W 25 in. D 27 in.
Dealer Location: Cincinnati, OH
Poul Kjaerholm Danish PK 22 Lounge Chair
Poul Kjaerholm
Mid-20th Century Danish Modern Chairs
A Danish lounge chair with metal frame and woven seat covered in natural sheep skin designed by Poul Kjaerholm model number PK 22, a great Classic design.
Poul Kjaerholm, Two Sets of Six PK9 Chairs, circa 1960
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Dimensions: H 22.05 in. W 22.05 in. D 22.05 in.
Dealer Location: Paris, FR
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Leather
Poul Kjaerholm, Two Sets of Six PK9 Chairs, circa ...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Steel, Leather
Two beautifully sets of six each PK9 chairs, the seats upholstered with a nicely patinated cognac leather on three stainless steel legs.
Pair of Poul Kjærholm Pk 22 Chairs
By Poul Kjaerholm
By Poul Kjaerholm
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 Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Pair of PK 22 chairs by Poul Kjærholm made by Fritz Hansen in 1980s in red leather with steel frames.
Poul Kjærholm “PK-9”
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjaerholm
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjaerholm
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
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
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 Pk11 for E Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1957
By Poul Kjaerholm
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...
Pair of PK11 by Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Dimensions: H 25.59 in. W 24.41 in. D 17.72 in.
Dealer Location: Copenhagen, DK
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Ash
Pair of PK11 by Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christense...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Steel, Ash
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
By Poul Kjaerholm
Dimensions: H 27.5 in. W 18.5 in. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: Ogdensburg, NY
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
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Dimensions: H 27.56 in. W 24.8 in. D 24.8 in.
Dealer Location: Amsterdam, NL
Materials & Techniques: Stainless Steel, Leather
1956, Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, PK22...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Stainless Steel, Leather
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
By Poul Kjaerholm
By Poul Kjaerholm
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 PK22 in Canvas
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjaerholm
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjaerholm
Dimensions: H 27.56 in. W 24.8 in. D 25.98 in.
Dealer Location: Dronten, NL
Materials & Techniques: Stainless Steel, Canvas
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 in Canvas
Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Stainless Steel, Canvas
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...
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 for E Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1956
By Poul Kjaerholm
Dimensions: H 28.74 in. W 24.8 in. D 24.8 in.
Dealer Location: Roosendaal, NL
Materials & Techniques: Metal, Leather, Chrome
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 for E Kold Christensen, Denmar...
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Metal, Leather, Chrome
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 Aluminum Chair
By Poul Kjaerholm, Sean Kelly Gallery
By Poul Kjaerholm, Sean Kelly Gallery
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
By Poul Kjaerholm
On Hold
By Poul Kjaerholm
On Hold
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
On Hold
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"
By Poul Kjaerholm
By Poul Kjaerholm
Dimensions: H 29.13 in. W 24.8 in. D 24.8 in.
Dealer Location: Salzburg, AT
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Wicker
Poul Kjaerholm, "PK 22"
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Steel, Wicker
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
By Poul Kjaerholm
On Hold
By Poul Kjaerholm
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
By Poul Kjaerholm
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.