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1967, Poul Kjaerholm, PK 20, Early Kold Kristensen in Original 1st Black Leather


The rocking chair. In typically Scandinavian fashion, most of Kjærholm’s contemporaries opted for wood as their primary furniture construction material. Kjærholm chose steel as his primary, but always combined it with other materials such as wood, leather, cane or marble. "Steel’s constructive potential is not the only thing that interests me; the refraction of light on its surface is an important part of my artistic work. I consider steel a material with the same artistic merit as wood and leather," he commented. Beautiful leather. Some scratches and minor wear. Measures: Weight 32 kg. Free shipping for Amsterdam, Haarlem and IJmuiden for lamps, chairs, small items as tables and office desks, small not too heavy couches. Rest of Holland €133, for European destinations starting at € 95, depending on the item and country of your selection. Further on discounted shipping to all intercontinental destinations starting at €125, depending on the item and country or state of your selection. We offer a variety of restoration and shipping services, high service white glove shipping, parcel shipping and store-to-door shipping, suitable for all your preferences. Our specialized shipping department can inform you about all the details, ask us for the customized possibilities and very competitive pricing.


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  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 34.26 in. x W 31.5 in. x D 27.56 in.

    H 87 cm x W 80 cm x D 70 cm

  • Seat height
    14.18 in. (36 cm)
  • Seller location
    Amsterdam, NL
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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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