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The Pk 1 series is a sequence of “FIRSTS”
It marks the first in what would become a famous collaboration between the designer Poul Kjaerholm and Manufacturer E. Kold Christiansen. The entrepreneurial furniture / dealer Christiansen, was so impressed with the modern designs of then unknown Kjaerholm, he set up a company expressly to produce his works.
It is also the first in what would become a signature for Kjaerholm, the numeric system by which all Kjearholm pieces would be grouped.
The PK 1, 2 and 3 were featured in the first catalogue of E Kold Christiansen published in 1956. The series were produced combining welded steel tubes with different seat and back combinations . the chairs were manufacture from 1956 to 1960 with limited runs from time to time afterward.
In the PK 1 we see the emerging style of this legendary furniture architect with his sculptural and architectural approach to furniture design and his choice of materials, opting for steel over wood and combining it with organic materials such as stone, leather and cane.
With the introduction of the PK1 series Poul Kjaerholm sets the stage to become a design genius capturing attention and admiration for his modern designs, many on permanent collection in Museums around the world.
We have our rattan PK1s on permanent collection in our home….
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CreatorPoul Kjærholm (Designer)
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture20th century
Seat Height15.25 in. (39 cm)
Seller LocationLos Angeles, CA
Number of Items3
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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