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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Pair of Poul Kjaerholm PK91 Folding Stools
By Poul Kjaerholm
Dimensions: H 16 in. W 22.75 in. D 17.5 in.
Dealer Location: Island Park, NY
Materials & Techniques: Stainless Steel, Canvas
Pair of Poul Kjaerholm PK91 Folding Stools
Poul Kjaerholm
Early 2000s Danish Stools
Stainless Steel, Canvas
Pair of brushed stainless steel and canvas PK91 folding stools designed by Poul Kjaerholm. Made in Denmark by Fritz Hansen.
1950's black leather cushion, steel frame Stool by Poul Kjaerholm 'b'
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Dimensions: H 13.78 in. Dm 22.05 in.
Dealer Location: Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Leather
1950's black leather cushion, steel frame Stool by...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen, Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Stools
Steel, Leather
This so called "PK33" stool is designed by famous Danish Poul Kjaerholm. The frame in chromium plated steel are stamped and has patina with minor wear consistent with age and use on som...
1950's black leather cushion, steel frame Stool by Poul Kjaerholm 'a'
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Dimensions: H 13.78 in. Dm 22.05 in.
Dealer Location: Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Leather
1950's black leather cushion, steel frame Stool by...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen, Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Stools
Steel, Leather
This so called "PK33" stool is designed by famous Danish Poul Kjaerholm. The frame in chromium-plated steel are stamped and has fine patina, the upholstered cushion comes in original bl...
Pair of PK 91 Folding Stools by Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Dimensions: H 16 in. W 23 in. D 17.75 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Leather
Pair of PK 91 Folding Stools by Poul Kjærholm for ...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Steel, Leather
Offered by Vance Trimble, Pair of PK 91 Folding Stools by Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen. Made by E. Kold Christiansen. Matte, chrome-plated steel, original black leather seats....
Pair of Poul Kjaerholm PK 33 Stools for E Kold Christensen, 1950s
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Dimensions: H 14 in. Dm 21 in.
Dealer Location: Houston, TX
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Leather, Wood
Pair of Poul Kjaerholm PK 33 Stools for E Kold Chr...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Steel, Leather, Wood
Poul Kjaerholm, Pair of PK33 stools in original leather. E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1950s. Matte chrome-plate spring steel with patinated, laminated wood and original black le...
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 Stools
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...
Unique Signed Pk91 Stool Ekc, Canvas and Loose Cushion by Ivan Schlechter
By Poul Kjaerholm
Dimensions: H 17.72 in. W 23.62 in. D 15.75 in.
Dealer Location: Munich, DE
Unique Signed Pk91 Stool Ekc, Canvas and Loose Cus...
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Pk91 stool in canvas and matte chromed steel. With impressed E. Kold Christensen mark. Comes with an unique and made to order loose cushion by Ivan Schlechter ordered on purchase by the...
Two PK 91 Folding Stool by Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen
Dimensions: H 14.57 in. W 23.62 in. D 17.72 in.
Dealer Location: Amsterdam, NL
Two PK 91 Folding Stool by Poul Kjærholm for E. Ko...
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Two PK 91 folding stool by Poul Kjærholm in original black leather, matte, chromed-plated steel frame. Production E. Kold Christensen. Signed with impressed manufacturer's mark to fr...
1959 Poul Kjærholm Stool PK-33, Suede Leather by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Dimensions: H 13.78 in. W 21.65 in. D 21.65 in.
Dealer Location: Amsterdam, NL
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Stainless Steel, Suede
1959 Poul Kjærholm Stool PK-33, Suede Leather by E...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Steel, Stainless Steel, Suede
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 o...
Poul Kjaerholm PK33, Cognac Leather, Ekc Stamped
By Poul Kjaerholm
Dimensions: H 13.78 in. Dm 20.87 in.
Dealer Location: Wargrave, GB
Poul Kjaerholm PK33, Cognac Leather, Ekc Stamped
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Stools
Poul Kjaerholm for E Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1958. A PK-33 circular low stool, steel frame stamped by maker, original cognac leather cushion. Steel frame is perfect, original circ...
Poul Kjaerholm PK91, EK-C Stamped
By Poul Kjaerholm
By Poul Kjaerholm
Dimensions: H 14.17 in. W 24.41 in. D 14.17 in.
Dealer Location: Wargrave, GB
Poul Kjaerholm PK91, EK-C Stamped
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Stools
Poul Kjaerholm for E Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1961. A model PK91 folding stool of nickel-plated steel and original black leather. Clearly stamped by maker and in excellent vinatge...
Poul Kjærholm PK33 Stool in Original Black Leather for EKC
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Dimensions: H 13.39 in. Dm 20.47 in.
Dealer Location: Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjærholm PK33 Stool in Original Black Leather...
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Poul Kjærholm PK33 stool in original patinated black leather. A round stool with chromium-plated steel frame, loose cushion with original black leather. Designed in 1958. Manufactured a...
Poul Kjærholm Stool Pk-33 by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark
By Poul Kjaerholm
Dimensions: H 12.99 in. Dm 20.47 in.
Dealer Location: Malmo, SE
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Leather
Poul Kjærholm Stool Pk-33 by E. Kold Christensen i...
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Steel, Leather
Rare stool model PK-33 designed by Poul Kjærholm. Produced by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark.
Early Signed PK91 Folding Stool Poul Kjærholm EKC in Perfect Condition
By Poul Kjaerholm
Dimensions: H 14.96 in. W 23.62 in. D 17.72 in.
Dealer Location: Munich, DE
Early Signed PK91 Folding Stool Poul Kjærholm EKC ...
Poul Kjaerholm
20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Stools
Rare and early folding stool in 100% original and perfect condition. Matte chromed forged steel with welded corners. Recognize the zig-zag steps of the early production! And the clear v...
Poul Kjaerholm PK 91 Folding Stool
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Dimensions: H 14.57 in. W 23.62 in. D 17.72 in.
Dealer Location: Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjaerholm PK 91 Folding Stool
Poul Kjaerholm, E. Kold Christensen
Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Stools
PK 91 folding stool by Poul Kjærholm. Designed 1961. Manufactured by E. Kold Christensen A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark. Materials: Patinated natural leather, matte, chromed-plated steel f...
Poul Kjærholm PK33 Stool, E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjaerholm
Dimensions: H 13.39 in. Dm 20.47 in.
Dealer Location: Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjærholm PK33 Stool, E. Kold Christensen
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Poul Kjærholm stool model 'PK 33,' steel frame and cushion of original black leather. Designed 1958, manufactured and marked by E. Kold Christensen. Fine condition and patina.
Poul Kjærholm Stool Model No. PK 91, Folding Steel and Leather, Danish
Dimensions: H 16 in. W 23 in. D 17.75 in.
Dealer Location: Southampton, NY
Materials & Techniques: Stainless Steel
Poul Kjærholm Stool Model No. PK 91, Folding Steel...
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Stainless Steel
Folding steel with leather stool designed by Poul Kjærholm. Elegant stainless steel legs with pale cognac color leather seat. Designed in the 1960s.
Poul Kjaerholm "PK91" Folding Stool
By Poul Kjaerholm
By Poul Kjaerholm
Dimensions: H 14.5 in. W 24 in. D 17.5 in.
Dealer Location: San Francisco, CA
Materials & Techniques: Leather
Poul Kjaerholm "PK91" Folding Stool
Poul Kjaerholm
Late 20th Century Danish Stools
Leather
Matte chromed steel folding base with cognac sling seat. Very good original condition. Made by Fritz Hansen. This example is from 1980s.
Poul Kjaeholm PK33 stool rare early all original
By Poul Kjaerholm
By Poul Kjaerholm
Dimensions: H 14 in. Dm 179 ft. 2 in.
Dealer Location: Westport, CT
Materials & Techniques: Steel, Leather, Rubber, Wood, Lacquer
Poul Kjaeholm PK33 stool rare early all original
Poul Kjaerholm
Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Stools
Steel, Leather, Rubber, Wood, Lacquer
Poul Kjaeholm pk33 rare early all original ,Denmark stamped matte chrome plated steel leather wood lacquered greyish green,with rubber straps ''for E Kold Christensen"