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Pair of PK-11 Armchairs by Poul Kjærholm, made by E. Kold Christensen

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Pair of PK-11 Armchairs by Poul Kjærholm, made by E. Kold Christensen. Kjærholm designed a total of seven three-legged chairs over the course of his career. This is his most famous. This iconic chair, designed in 1957, is acclaimed for the superb utilization of materials in its design. The curved horizontal elements of the toprail are made of composite oak and the seat is made of natural leather. The frame of the chair is made of matte plated steel. The chair and is astonishingly harmonious blend of these three materials. Literature: Noritsugu Oda, Danish Chairs, Japan, 1996, p. 182, illustrated. Christoffer Harlang, Keld Helmer-Petersen, and Krestine Kjærholm, eds., Poul Kjærholm, Denmark, 2001, pp. 23, 92, 94 and 177, illustrated. Michael Sheridan, Poul Kjærholm Møbelarkitekt, Denmark, 2006, pp. 88-91, illustrated.

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  • Dimensions
    H 21.25 in. x W 21.25 in. x D 17.71 in.H 53.98 cm x W 53.98 cm x D 44.99 cm
  • Seat Height
    16.125 in. (40.96 cm)
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU105503141932
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About Poul Kjærholm (Designer)

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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