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1950s Brown Leather and Steel Base Daybed by Poul Kjaerholm



Classic daybed designed by Poul Kjaerholm. The dark brown thick leather tufted cushion fits perfectly on the chromium-plated steel frame. All-over it comes in perfect original condition. Manufactured by E. Kold Christensen. Legendary Danish designer Poul Kjaerholm shares many of the distinctions of his fellow big Danish designers like Jacobsen, Hans Wegner and Fabricius/Kastholm, a crucial difference being his fondness of drafts of the 1920s and '30s. Steel to him possessed the same natural beauty as wood, and he used it accordingly.


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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 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 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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