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 PK24 Chaise Longue
Dimensions: H 34 in. W 24 in. D 5 ft. 2 in.
Dealer Location: Pawtucket, RI
Poul Kjaerholm PK24 Chaise Longue
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Iconic and important PK24 chaise longue designed by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1967. A beautiful example in very good original condition. One very small area of ca...
Poul Kjaerholm PK-24, E. Kold Christensen, 1965
Dimensions: H 32.28 in. W 5 ft. 1 in. D 23.62 in.
Dealer Location: Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjaerholm PK-24, E. Kold Christensen, 1965
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chaise Longues
Poul Kjærholm PK-24 chaise longue with stainless steel frame, woven cane and headrest upholstered with original patinated Nigerian leather. Designed 1965, made at E. Kold Christense...
Poul Kjaerholm PK22 for E Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1956
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 Chaise Longues
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 Kjærholm Lounge Chair Model Pk-24 for E. Kold Christensen in Denmark
Dimensions: H 33.07 in. W 4 ft. 11.1 in. D 23.62 in.
Dealer Location: Malmo, SE
Materials & Techniques: Stainless Steel, Leather, Rattan
Poul Kjærholm Lounge Chair Model Pk-24 for E. Kold...
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chaise Longues
Stainless Steel, Leather, Rattan
Rare lounge chair model PK-24 designed by Poul Kjærholm. Produced by E. Kold Christensen.