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Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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
Danish Design Sofa PK 31/3 Poul Kjærholm E. Kold Christensen Denmark Kjaerholm
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Oldenburg, NI
Beautiful, black sofa designed by Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen in Denmark, 1958. The model is named “PK 31/3”, corresponding to the 3-seater sofa. The sofa has a beautiful p...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Stainless Steel

3 Seater sofa, model PK31/3, by Poul Kjærholm and Fritz Hansen, 1997
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Lejre, DK
3 Seater sofa, model PK31/3, designed by Poul Kjærholm in the 1950s and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in 1997. The sofa is in natural leather with patina and flat steel. The sofa is i...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Stainless Steel

Poul Kjaerholm Pk 31 3 Seat Sofa Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in SCHIEDAM, ZH
Early Poul Kjaerholm pk31 3-seat sofa all original leather made by Ejvind Kold Christensen. The sofa is for his age in good condition ita alreay ca. 50 years old and got lots of amai...
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1960s Danish Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Leather

Poul Kjærholm Pk-31 3 Seater Sofa in Original Patinated Black Leather, from the
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Herlev, 84
Poul Kjærholm Pk-31 3 seater sofa in original patinated black leather, from the '70s. The sofa appears with a heavy patina, and cracks in the fabric underneath the cushions, and a ho...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Leather

Poul Kjærholm Pk-31/3 Sofa in Black Leather, 2007
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Herlev, 84
Poul Kjærholm Pk-31 3 seater sofa in original black leather. The sofa is from 2007, and appears in great condition, with minimal signs of use.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Leather

Poul Kjærholm PK-31/3 Sofa by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare sofa model PK-31/3 designed by Poul Kjærholm. Produced by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Steel

Poul Kjærholm Sofa, PK-31/3 Kold Christensen with Cognac Leather
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Herlev, 84
Poul Kjærholm PK-31-3 3 seater sofa in original cognac leather from the 1970s. The sofa appears with patina though in good condition.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Leather

Poul Kjærholm Sofa PK-31/2 Newly Upholstered with Cognac Aniline Leather
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Herlev, 84
Poul Kjærholm PK-31/2 sofa from the 1970s newly reupholstered in cognac aniline leather and mounted with new cushions.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Leather

Poul Kjærholm PK-31/3 sofa with patinated black leather from Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Herlev, 84
Poul Kjærholm 3. seater sofa model PK-31/3 from around the 1970s. The sofa appears with patina, and scratches in the leather, and the seat cushions have been shifted out at some point.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Leather

Poul Kjærholm PK-31/3 Sofa with Patinated Cognac Leather from Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Herlev, 84
Poul Kjærholm Pk-31/3 sofa in original cognac leather, from the 1970s. Appears in good condition but with Patinated leather, a small slit on the canvas below the cushions, and a nice...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Leather

Poul Kjærholm Pk-31/3 with Patinated Cognac Leather from Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Herlev, 84
Poul Kjærholm 3.seater PK-31/3 sofa in original cognac leather from the 1970's. Appears with the Original patinated cognac leather and some light rust below the frame.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Leather

Poul Kjærholm PK-31/3 sofa with patinated brown leather from Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Herlev, 84
Poul Kjærholm 3 seater sofa earlier model from the 70's produced by Kold Christensen. The Sofa appears in good original condition, with a beautiful patina on the leather.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Leather

Poul Kjærholm PK-31/3 Sofa in Brown Patinated Leather
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Herlev, 84
Poul Kjærholm PK 31/3 sofa in brown patinated leather from around the 70s, where the canvas under two cushions has some loose stitches, and there is a small crack in the middle and l...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Leather

Poul Kjærholm Pk-31/3 Sofa Reupholstered in Black Aniline Leather
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Herlev, 84
Poul Kjærholm PK-31/3 3-seater sofa reupholstered in black aniline leather and with new cushions. The sofa is used and manufactured by Kold Christensen from around the 70s. The sofa ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Leather

Poul Kjærholm PK-31/2 Sofa with Patinated Red-Brown Leather
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Herlev, 84
Poul Kjærholm PK-31/2 two-seater sofa with the original reddish-brown leather. The sofa is from 1991 and has beautifully patinated leather.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Leather

Poul Kjærholm PK-31/2 Sofa with Patinated Red-Brown Leather
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Herlev, 84
Poul Kjærholm PK-31/2 two-seater sofa in original reddish-brown leather. The sofa is from 1991 and has beautifully patinated leather.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Leather

Poul Kjærholm Pk-31/2 Sofa from Kold Christensen with Cognac Leather
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Herlev, 84
Poul Kjærholm 2 seater sofa in original leather from the 70's. Appears in great condition.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Leather

Poul Kjærholm Pk-31/2 2-Seater Sofa Newly Upholstered with Black Aniline Leather
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Herlev, 84
Poul Kjærholm PK-31/2 2-seater sofa newly upholstered with black aniline leather and with a frame with some chrome peeling and light rust, as it is from the late 60s. New cushions, u...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Leather

Cognac PK 31 /2 Sofa by Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Utrecht, NL
PK 31 /2 sofa settee by Poul Kjærholm, manufactured by first manufacturer Ejvindt Kold Christensen Denmark (marking on last photo). Sofa comes with original upholstered frame panels...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Steel, Chrome

Poul Kjærholm PK-31/4 Sofa by E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1950's
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very rare and exceptional 4 seat PK31 sofa. This stunning sofa is designed by Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen, Denmark 1950's. Beautiful and high quality original black lea...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Steel

PK 31/2 Sofa by Poul Kjærholm
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Copenhagen, DK
PK 31/2 - 2 seater sofa in red semi-aniline leather on steel frame. Poul Kjærholm / E. Kold Christensen.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Steel

Poul Kjaerholm Two-Seat Sofa, Model No. PK 31 /2 for E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in New York, NY
Poul Kjaerholm PK 31/2 two-seat sofa / settee. E. Kold Christensen Denmark, 1958. Leather with a chrome-plated steel frame. Signed with impressed manufacturer's mark to the frame. ...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Steel

Poul Kjærholm PK-31/3 Sofa Produced by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare sofa model PK-31/3 designed by Poul Kjærholm. Produced by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Steel

Poul Kjaerholm PK 31/2 Settee
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Beautifully patinated brown two-seat PK 31 settee designed by Poul Kjaerholm and Manufactured by E. Kold Christensen. Stamped to frame.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Steel

Poul Kjærholm, Sofa Model PK-31-2, for E Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Two-seat sofa, model PK-31, designed by Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen. Black leather and matt polished steel. Denmark, mid-1900s. 2 pieces available, price per piece. Make...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Steel

PK-31/2 Leather Sofa by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, 1958, Denmark
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Steenwijk, NL
This sofa was once placed in a bank building in Denmark. It is completely original and marked with the original marking of E. Kold Christensen on the bottom bar. The dark brown leath...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Steel, Chrome

Poul Kjærholm PK-31/3 Sofa Produced by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare sofa model PK-31/3 designed by Poul Kjærholm. Produced by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Steel

PK-31/2 Sofa in Brown Leather by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, 1958
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Steenwijk, NL
This sofa comes from a bank building in Denmark. It is completely original and marked with the original marking of E. Kold Christensen on the bottom bar. The dark brown leather has ...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Metal

Poul Kjærholm PK-31/2 Sofa by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare sofa model PK-31/2 designed by Poul Kjærholm. Produced by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Steel

Poul Kjaerholm Two-Seat Black "Elegance" Leather Sofa for E.Kold Christensen
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Madrid, ES
A two-seat sofa designed by Poul Kjaerhom and edited by Kold Christensen in 1958. Stamped.Frame in chromed steel. Back, sides and loose cushions upholstered in original black "elegan...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Kjaerholm Sofas

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Steel

Poul Kjærholm sofas for sale on 1stDibs

Poul Kjærholm sofas are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of Leather and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of Poul Kjærholm sofas, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 17 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original sofas by Poul Kjærholm were created in the 20th century in Scandinavian modern style in Europe. Many customers also consider sofas by Rud Rasmussen, Arne Jacobsen and A.P. Stolen if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Poul Kjærholm sofas can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at US$11,282 and tops at US$34,687, while pieces like these can sell for US$21,139 on average.

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