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PK22 Chair
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PK22 Chair

About the Design

While his mid-century Danish peers were working with wood, Poul Kjærholm (1929–80) found inspiration in the structural potential of steel. His innovative PK22 chair, designed in 1956 for E. Kold Christensen, offers a modern take on the style of ancient folding chairs through its 20th-century engineering.

Trained as a cabinetmaker, Kjærholm was influenced by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, whose 1929 Barcelona chair anticipated the PK22 with its angled metal frame and leather welted cushions. Kjærholm’s pieces balanced precise lines of stainless steel with leather, rope and wicker, each selected with a consideration of how they age. As the organic materials take on imperfections and wear, their patina contrasts with the enduring strength of the steel.

The PK22 chair followed the PK25 lounge chair — completed by Kjærholm while he was studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen — and reflected his evolving approach to design. Whereas the PK25 involved a single steel piece with a rope seat, the PK22 chair offered a simpler shape. Its two leg pieces bend into feet and are connected by two crossbars that curve downward to support a rectangle of leather or woven cane. This allows a person to rest without feeling the metal on the seat or the front edge, and it also makes for easy disassembling.

Because every element of the PK22 chair’s spare construction is visible, Kjærholm considered its aesthetics down to its exposed joints. Its immediate commercial success fueled Kjærholm’s career, and Fritz Hansen continues to manufacture the chair today.

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Distinctive Set of Brown Leather PK 22 Chairs by Poul Kjærholm for Fritz Hansen
By Poul Kjærholm, Fritz Hansen
Located in Voorburg, NL
A very nice set of original PK 22 chairs designed by Poul Kjærholm for Fritz Hansen, Denmark . This original 1980s edition comes with soft brown leather with beautiful patina. The so...
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Easy Chair, Model Pk22, Designed by Poul Kjærholm, 2000
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Lejre, DK
Easy chair, model PK22, designed by Poul Kjærholm and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in 2000. The chair is with original paper cord and frame of chrome. We have three in stock.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Poul Kjærholm Pair of "PK 22" Lounge Easy Chairs Black Leather
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Pair of PK 22 lounge or easy chair by Poul Kjaerholm in black leather. Marked with label and stamp. Literature: The Furniture of Poul Kjaerholm: Catalogue Raisonné, Sheridan, pag...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

PK22 in Black Classic Leather by Poul Kjaerholm and Fritz Hansen, 2008
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Lejre, DK
PK22 in black Classic leather designed by Poul Kjaerholm in 1955 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in 2008.  
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

PK-22 Easy Chair by Poul Kjærholm for Fritz Hansen, Scandinavian Modern, 1980's
By Poul Kjærholm, Fritz Hansen
Located in Antwerp, BE
Scandinavian modern; Denmark; PK-22 Easy Chair; Loung chair; Poul Kjærholm; Fritz Hansen; Rattan; Wicker; Poul Kjaerholm early edition easy chair PK22 in hand-woven rattan and bru...
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Vintage 1980s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Poul Kjærholm Pair of PK22 for Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjærholm two PK22 in steel and cane. Executed by Fritz Hansen, Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Poul Kjaerhjolm PK 22 Wicker Lounge Chairs
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Norwalk, CT
Poul Kjaerhjolm PK 22 wicker lounge chairs.
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Cognac Leather PK 22 Poul Kjaerholm Lounge Chairs, Scandinavian Modern, 1960's
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Antwerp, BE
Cognac leather PK 22 Poul Kjaerholm lounge chairs, Scandinavian Modern, 1960's While his mid-century Danish peers were working with wood, Poul Kjærholm (1929–80) found inspiration...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Easy Chair For E. Kold Christensen, 1956, Denmark
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in The Hague, NL
Original first edition PK22 easy chair designed by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1956. Marked in the frame underneath the seat with the EKC logo. The PK22 chai...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Poul Kjaerholm PK22 for E. Kold Christensen
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjaerholm PK22. Executed by E. Kold Christensen, Denmark. Dull chromium-plated steel and cane.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Pair of PK22 Chairs by Poul Kjærholm and Fritz Hansen, 1989
By Poul Kjærholm, Fritz Hansen
Located in Lejre, DK
A pair of PK22 lounge chairs designed by Poul Kjærholm in 1955 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen in 1989. The chairs are with black Classic leather and the frame is of chrome.
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Vintage 1980s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Poul Kjærholm Pair of PK22 for E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjærholm two PK22 in dull chromium plated steel and cane. Executed by E. Kold Christensen, Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Poul Kjærholm Black Leather PK22 Chair for Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Voorburg, NL
A very nice original PK 22 chair designed by Poul Kjærholm for Fritz Hansen, Denmark 1993. The solid brushed steel frame is stamped with the Fritz Hansen logo underneath the seat. In...
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

PK22 Poul Kjaerholm White Leather Upholstered Side Chair
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Seattle, WA
This PK22 chair is designed by Poul Kjaerholm for E Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1956.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Poul Kjaerholm Pair of PK22 for E. Kold Christensen
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjaerholm pair of PK22 easy chairs in dull chromium-plated steel and cane. Executed by E. Kold Christensen, Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Steel

Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Chair
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Epperstone, Nottinghamshire
Original classic PK22 lounge chair designed by Poul Henningsen for E Kold Christensen, 1957, Denmark. Wonderful and super rare example in original light tan leather with beautiful pa...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Poul Kjærholm Easy Chairs Model PK-22 Produced by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare pair of easy chairs model PK-22 designed by Poul Kjærholm. Produced by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Poul Kjaerholm PK22 in Canvas for E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjaerholm PK22. Executed by E. Kold Christensen, Denmark. Dull chromium-plated steel and canvas.     
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Living Room Sets

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Steel

Exquisite Cognac Leather PK22 chairs by Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Voorburg, NL
A very nice set of original PK 22 chairs designed by Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen, Denmark . This original old 1950s edition is professionally reupholstered with soft cognac...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Poul Kjaerholm PK22 by E. Kold Christiansen
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Introduced in 1956 the Kjaerholm PK 22 became an immediate commercial and critical success. The award winning design was not easy task; It tool Kjaerholm five years to develop the ...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Slipper Chairs

Poul Kjærholm PK22 in Black Leather for E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjærholm model PK22, 1956. Executed by E. Kold Christensen, Denmark. Dull chromium-plated steel and original black leather. Two chairs available.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Poul Kjaerholm PK 22 Wicker and Stainless Lounge Chair
By Poul Kjærholm, Fritz Hansen
Located in Buffalo, NY
Poul Kjaerholm PK 22 wicker and stainless lounge chair. Classic Kjaerholm design, extremely comfortable. PK 22 Wicker and brushed steel chair by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christense...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Poul Kjaerholm leather Lounge Chair PK 22 for E. Kold Christensen, Denmark
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in RHEEZERVEEN, Overijssel
Beautiful patinated darkbrown leather version of the famous PK22 chair. The PK22 lounge chair was an immediate success at the introduction in 1956. The chair embodies Poul Kjaerholm'...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Pair of “Pk 22” Lounge Chairs by Poul Kjaerholm
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of “PK 22” lounge chairs by Poul Kjaerholm, made from brushed steel and rust colored leather. Made by original producer E. Kold Christensen. A repair has been made to the leathe...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Pair of PK 22 Lounge Chairs by Poul Kjearholm, Denmark, Oxblood Leather
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Antwerp, BE
A pair of PK 22 lounge chairs by Poul Kjaerholm, Denmark. Designed in 1956 and produced by E. Kold Christensen. Brushed steel frame covered with durable oxblood leather upholstery. S...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Poul Kjaerholm PK-22 Pair of Easy Chairs
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of cane easy chairs model PK-22 designed by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen and produced by Fritz Hansen in Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Poul Kjærholm PK-22 easy chairs by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare pair of easy chairs model PK-22 designed by Poul Kjærholm. Produced by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Midcentury "PK 22" Lounge Chair in Patinated Leather Designed by Poul Kjærholm
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Lejre, DK
Great looking PK22 lounge chair in patinated leather. Designed by Maa. Poul Kjærholm for Kold Christensen. Made in Denmark. Original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Pair of "PK 22" Lounge Chairs by Poul Kjærholm
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of “PK 22” lounge chairs by Poul Kjaerholm, made with very nice aged black leather and brushed steel frames. Made by original producer E. Kold Christensen.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Anthracite Grey by Fritz Hansen, 2004
By Poul Kjærholm, Fritz Hansen
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Priced each we have 4 Paul Kjaerholm PK 22 chairs from Fritz Hansen labeled and dated 2004. We believe these chairs were only produced in this color for 2 years. These chairs come wi...
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Early 2000s Scandinavian Chairs

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Fabric

Pair of PK 22 Lounge Chairs in Patinated Leather
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Lejre, DK
Pair of PK 22 lounge chairs in patinated leather, out standing patina. Designed by Poul Kjærholm and made by E. Kold Christensen Denmark in the 1960s, original condition.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Oxblood Leather PK22 by Poul Kjærholm for E Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Dronten, NL
Original PK 22 chair designed by Poul Kjærholm upholstered in beautiful oxblood red leather. E. Kold Christensen edition, the matte chrome frame embossed with EKC logo underneath th...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

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