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, Two Sets of Six PK9 Chairs, circa 1960

By Poul Kjaerholm, Ejvind Kold Christensen
Poul Kjaerholm, Two Sets of Six PK9 Chairs, circa ...
Poul Kjaerholm, Ejvind 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 Aluminum Chair

By Poul Kjaerholm, Sean Kelly Gallery
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.
Rare Fritz Hansen 1983 Fully Stamped Danish Leather Poul Kjaerholm PK-33 Stool

By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjaerholm
Rare Fritz Hansen 1983 Fully Stamped Danish Leathe...
Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1980s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Leather, Chrome
We are delighted to offer for sale this very rare original fully stamped and engraved Poul Kjaerholm PK-33 brown leather stool retailed by Fritz Hansen in 1983 A simply exquisite mod...
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Lounge Chair for E. Kold Christiansen

By Poul Kjaerholm, Ejvind Kold Christensen
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Lounge Chair for E. Kold Chris...
Poul Kjaerholm, Ejvind 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...
Poul Kjaerholm Pair of PK-22 Chairs for E Kold Christensen, 1960s, Denmark
Poul Kjaerholm Pair of PK-22 Chairs for E Kold Chr...
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Poul Kjaerholm for E Kold Christensen, Denmark, pair of PK-22 chairs designed 1956, this pair produced in the 60'd retain their original black leather and are in fine vintage condition....
Poul Kjaerholm PK 22 Chair by Fritz Hansen in Brown Suede

By Poul Kjaerholm
Poul Kjaerholm PK 22 Chair by Fritz Hansen in Brow...
Poul Kjaerholm
21st Century and Contemporary Danish Chairs
A nice older Fritz Hansen PK-22 chair originally deigned by Poul Kjaerholm in brown suede. A nice classic design It is marked n the base and fabric. Please note there are worn spots to ...
Mid Century Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Original First Edition by E. Kold Christiansen

By Poul Kjaerholm, Ejvind Kold Christensen
Mid Century Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Original First Edi...
Poul Kjaerholm, Ejvind 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...
Six Poul Kjaerholm PK 11 Chairs, Original Condition, 1957

By Poul Kjaerholm, Ejvind Kold Christensen
Six Poul Kjaerholm PK 11 Chairs, Original Conditio...
Poul Kjaerholm, Ejvind 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 ...
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 in Black Leather for E. Kold Christensen

By Poul Kjaerholm, Ejvind Kold Christensen
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 in Black Leather for E. Kold C...
Poul Kjaerholm, Ejvind Kold Christensen
Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Steel, Leather
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 in dull chromium-plated steel and original black leather. Executed by E. Kold Christensen, Denmark.  
Set of Poul Kjaerholm and Jorgen Hoj Easy Chairs

By Thorald Madsen Snedkeri, Jorgen Hoj, Poul Kjaerholm
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 PK22 in Canvas

By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjaerholm
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 in Canvas
Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjaerholm
21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Stainless Steel, Canvas
This PK22 is from the 2006 limited edition one year production canvas series. Made by Fritz Hansen, marked with label and stamp.    
Pair of Poul Kjaerholm pk 1's Chairs, E. Kold Christensen

By Poul Kjaerholm
Pair of Poul Kjaerholm pk 1's Chairs, E. Kold Chri...
Poul Kjaerholm
20th Century Danish Chairs
Rope
Pair of pk 1's chairs designed by Poul Kjaerholm. With original roped seats.
Poul Kjærholm PK 33 Stool for E. Kold Christensen, Original Condition, 1959

By Poul Kjaerholm, Ejvind Kold Christensen
Poul Kjærholm PK 33 Stool for E. Kold Christensen,...
Poul Kjaerholm, Ejvind 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...
Poul Kjaerholm PK1 Side Chair, Denmark, 1955

By Poul Kjaerholm, Ejvind Kold Christensen
Poul Kjaerholm PK1 Side Chair, Denmark, 1955
Poul Kjaerholm, Ejvind Kold Christensen
Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel, Wicker
A PK1 side chair designed by Poul Kjaerholm for E Kold Christensen, Denmark 1955. Poul Kaerholm's first dining chair, PK1, is a light and elegant chair that marked the start of a long a...
Pair of Poul Kjaerholm Pk20 Lounge Chairs

By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjaerholm
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, Ejvind Kold Christensen
Poul Kjærholm PK 12 Chair, E. Kold Christensen, 19...
Poul Kjaerholm, Ejvind 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, Ejvind Kold Christensen
Pair of Poul Kjaerholm PK1 for E. Kold Christensen...
Poul Kjaerholm, Ejvind 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
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
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 Kjærholm “PK-9”

By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjaerholm
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, Ejvind Kold Christensen
Poul Kjaerholm "PK-22" Armchair
Poul Kjaerholm, Ejvind 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 Kjærholm Four PK1 Chairs in Wicker with Steel Frame

By Poul Kjaerholm
On Hold
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, Ejvind Kold Christensen
1956, Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, PK22...
Poul Kjaerholm, Ejvind 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
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.
Pair of Poul Kjærholm PK 27 Easy Chairs

By Poul Kjaerholm
On Hold
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
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
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

By Poul Kjaerholm
On Hold
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...