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Poul Kjaerholm Daybeds

Danish, 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 what is now the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, 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, daybeds and tables.

Kjærholm’s signal design was the PK22 chair of 1956, a low-slung leather lounger on a steel base. The ideas introduced in the PK22 — 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 PK11 chair of 1957, with back and armrests formed by a semicircle of ash; the capacious, richly patinated leather seat of a vintage 1961 PK9 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.

Find a collection of vintage Poul Kjærholm furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Poul Kjærholm
Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen 'PK80' Daybed in Leather and Steel
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen, PK80 daybed, leather and stainless steel, Denmark, 1957 This stunning, patinated PK80 daybed is designed by Poul Kjaerholm in 1957. The chosen...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Daybeds

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Steel

Poul Kjaerholm, Daybed, Leather, Steel, Plywood, E Kold Christensen, 1960s
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in High Point, NC
A leather, steel and plywood daybed designed by Poul Kjaerholm and produced by E Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1960s.
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Daybeds

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Stainless Steel

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This is a rare early edition PK22 by famed Danish designer, Poul Kjærholm. Manufactured by Ejvind Kold Christensen, this model long predates any current models available from Fritz Hansen. Kjærholm's designs are know for their architectural nature and the PK22 is no different. The bent steel legs and frame serve as the framework for delicately woven cane whose warmth is a juxtaposition to the sterility of the steel. The cane is perfectly patinated and pairs well with the oxidized steel frame that is missing some of the finish. This is a true collector's item that can be used for many years. Confluence...
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Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen PK 24 Chaise, circa 1960s
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
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Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen chaise Model PK 24 Made in Denmark, circa 1960s Handwoven cane, stainless steel, counterweight custom leather head rest.
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Poul Kjaerholm PK 80 daybed for Fritz Hansen
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Located in Antwerp, BE
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Poul Kjaerholm Suite of Furniture
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Toronto, Ontario
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Poul Kjaerholm Daybed PK80
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Located in San Francisco, CA
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Poul Kjærholm daybeds for sale on 1stDibs.

Poul Kjærholm daybeds are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Poul Kjærholm daybeds, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original daybeds by Poul Kjærholm were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in scandinavia during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider daybeds by Peter Hvidt, Hans J. Wegner, and Børge Mogensen. Prices for Poul Kjærholm daybeds can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $32,000 and can go as high as $39,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $35,750.

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