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Poul Kjærholm Ash & Cane PK15

$2,282.94

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A PK15 armchair in ash designed by Paul Kjærholm in 1979 and made by PP Møbler in the 1990s. The sinuous frame is obtained using precompression, an evolution of the older technique of steam bending. The PK15 was the first precompressed chair to go into commercial production. On first inspection the chair seems quotidian/everyday. However, on closer inspection it becomes apparent that a lot more is at play. Remarkably, the chair is composed of just four elements; the front legs come armrests come backrest, the back legs come backrest, a seat and a brace. Material wise the chair is similarly simple, being just solid ash, cane and steel fixings. Unlike many of his contemporaries in Denmark Kjærholm’s method of design was more in line with the rigorous purist approach of the Bauhaus. Although, his rational designs such the PK22 or this PK15 chair manage to avoid the cold and hard-edged aesthetic common in the work of the Bauhaus. Kjærholm achieved this thanks to the uncompromisingly high level of consideration given to every detail of designs’ -in the design studio as well as at the factory. The thought that was put into, for example, what leather should be used and how it should be textured, tanned, coloured and treated meant Kjærholm’s designs retain a sense of traditional craftspersonship even though they utilized modern industrial materials and were mainly produced by machine. Regards designing Kjærholm said "The most important thing is to express the personality of the material - not your own". In the flesh, the personality of the materials in Kjærholms designs are very evident through their balance, weight, texture, smell, and how they age and wear. The chair has been lovingly used but remains in overall good condition. Specifications: Width 56 cm Height 70 cm Depth 44 cm Seat height 46 cm Materials: ash, cane, steel Date of Design: 1979 Date of Manufacture: 1990s Place of origin: Denmark Designer: Paul KjærholmWorkshop: PP Møbler.

Details

  • Creator
    Poul Kjærholm (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.56 in (70 cm)Width: 22.05 in (56 cm)Depth: 17.33 in (44 cm)Seat Height: 18.12 in (46 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1979
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU891019913652

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About the Designer

Poul Kjærholm

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.

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