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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 — created with Lilly Reich — 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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PK 22 Lounge Chair by Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen with Brown Leather
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Belmont, MA
Designed by Poul Kjaerholm for his friend and manufacturer E. Kold Christiensen, the PK22 is made from brown leather and stainless steel. While many of Kjaerholm's contemporaries pri...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Poul Kjærholm Pair of PK22 for Fritz Hansen
By Poul Kjærholm, Fritz Hansen
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 Kjærholm PK22 Lounge Chair 1980 Fritz Hansen Ejvind Kold Christensen Retro
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Cambridge, GB
New Stock ✅ Poul Kjærholm PK22 Chair 1980 By Fritz Hansen and Ejvind Kold Christensen in Black Leather and Brushed Steel. This piece is an original licensed Fritz Hansen piece with...
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Vintage 1980s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Poul Kjærholm Fauteuils PK22 voor E.Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Den Haag, NL
In a all original condition .real attic find . Early edition . Design by Poul Kjaerholm Manufactured by E. Kold Christensen . Upholstery in Canvas and rust . Great looking chair .
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Canvas

Poul Kjærholm 'PK22' Wicker Lounge Chair for Fritz Hansen
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Kjærholm 'PK22' Wicker Lounge Chair for Fritz Hansen. Established in 1872, Fritz Hansen has become synonymous with legendary Danish design. Combining timeless craftsmanship wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Poul Kjærholm 'PK22' Lounge Chair for Fritz Hansen in Leather (Cat. 5)
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Kjærholm 'PK22' Lounge Chair for Fritz Hansen in Leather (Cat 5). Established in 1872, Fritz Hansen has become synonymous with legendary Danish design. Combining timeless craft...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Poul Kjærholm 'PK22' Lounge Chair for Fritz Hansen in Canvas
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Kjærholm 'PK22' Lounge Chair for Fritz Hansen in Canvas. Established in 1872, Fritz Hansen has become synonymous with legendary Danish design. Combining timeless craftsmanship ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Poul Kjærholm 'PK22' Lounge Chair for Fritz Hansen in Aura Leather
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Kjærholm 'PK22' Lounge Chair for Fritz Hansen in Aura Leather. Established in 1872, Fritz Hansen has become synonymous with legendary Danish design. Combining timeless craftsma...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

PK 22 - Easy chair in patinated woven cane by Poul Kjærholm
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Copenhagen, DK
PK 22 - Armchair in patinated woven cane. Labelled from manufacturer. Fritz Hansen.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Poul Kjærholm Chair "PK-22" in Original Leather by E. Kold Christensen, 1960s
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Odense, DK
Rare early E. Kold Christensen production "PK-22" by Poul Kjærholm in original dark brown aniline leather with an amazing deep patina. The leather and upholstery work on these early ...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

PK22 Chairs by Poul Kjaerholm for Kold Christensen, Denmark 1960
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Amsterdam, NL
The iconic “PK22” lounge chairs designed by Poul Kjaerholm, manufactured by Kold Christensen in Denmark around 1960. This stunning chair is made of high quality chrome plated metal ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Lounge Chairs

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Metal

PK22 in Cane by Poul Kjærholm for E Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Saint Paul, MN
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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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Pair of PK22 Chairs by Poul Kjaerholm for Fritz Hansen, Denmark, 2010
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Amsterdam, NL
A stunning pair of PK22 lounge chairs designed by Poul Kjaerholm, manufactured by Fritz Hansen in Denmark in 2010. This amazing set is made of high quality chrome plated metal holdi...
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2010s Danish Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Pair of PK22 Chairs by Poul Kjaerholm for Fritz Hansen, Denmark 1980
By Poul Kjærholm, Fritz Hansen
Located in Amsterdam, NL
A stunning pair of PK22 lounge chairs designed by Poul Kjaerholm, manufactured by Fritz Hansen in Denmark around 1980. The PK22 is an iconic model of Danish / Scandinavian design fr...
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Vintage 1980s Danish Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Lounge Chair in Black Leather E Kold Christensen PK 22
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sculptural PK22 Model Lounge Chair, designed by Poul Kjaerholm for E Kold Christensen, signed, Denmark, circa 1960s. According to the estate where we purchased this chair, the leathe...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Poul Kjærholm Iconic PK 22 Chair reupholstered in Cowhide, E. Kold Christensen 2
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Santa Gertrudis, Baleares
Poul Kjærholm (1929–1980) the praised Danish designer, the "furniture architect", designed the emblematic PK22 Chair in 1956. Standing out from the other Danish mid century designers, his predilection material wasn't wood but steel. This PK22 gets its outstanding comfort from the cowhide which is floating above the metal structure, thanks to the curved crossbars that holds the feet together without interfering with the seat's ergonomy. The obviously powerful and effective design speaks for itself, fitting perfectly a more intimate space needing structure and discretion thanks to the thin and light side view, as well as larger rooms thanks to the wide seat and backrest creating subtle geometric shapes. The chair has been reupholstered in an elegant black and white cowhide, whose unique pattern interacts gracefully with the design. The frame bears...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Steel

Vintage PK22 by Poul Kjaerholm in Leather / Fritz Hansen, '1985'
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in GOOR, NL
PK22 is a chair designed by the Danish furniture designer Poul Kjærholm in 1956. It is also known as the PK22 Lounge Chair. The PK22 chair was originally manufactured by E. Kold ...
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Vintage 1980s Danish Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Poul Kjærholm Pair of PK22 for E. Kold Christensen
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
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

Mid-Century Modern Pair of PK22 Armchairs by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christen
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Pair of PK22 Armchairs by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Armchairs

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Leather

Poul Kjaerholm Pair of PK22 for E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
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 Lounge Chair in Leather
By Poul Kjærholm, E. Kold Christensen
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
This stunning Mid-Century Modern lounge chair is an early production PK22 lounge chair designed by Poul Kjaerholm in the middle of the 1950s. The cha...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Black Leather Chairs
By Poul Kjærholm, Fritz Hansen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pair of Poul Kjaerholm PK22 black leather sling chairs that were produced in 2000, they were sold through Fritz Hansen and Knoll. Overall ver...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Poul Kjaerhjolm PK 22 Wicker Lounge Chair
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Hudson, NY
Highly recognizable and extremely desirable is this Poul Kjaerholm PK 22 wicker and stainless lounge chair—one of two available. Made with wicker and brus...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Poul Kjaerholm PK 22 Wicker and Stainless Lounge Chair
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjærholm
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 Kjae...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

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

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

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 Kjærholm Easy Chairs Model PK-22 Produced by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
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 E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
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

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 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

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Stainless Steel

Poul Kjærholm PK-22 easy chairs by E. Kold Christensen in Denmark
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
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

Original Pair of 'PK22' Easy Chairs by Poul Kjærholm for Fritz Hansen, 1950s
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Antwerpen, VAN
Great original pair of ‘PK22’ easy chairs designed by Poul Kjærholm in 1956. This is a beautiful black leather edition produced by Fritz Hansen in 2006 with the maker’s logo present....
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

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