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Poul Kjaerholm PK-31 Coffee Table with Rosewood Top, Rare


This long and sleek coffee table has an identical and indistinguishable base that matches the PK-31 series by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen. While we have never seen another example of this coffee table, it is possible that this was a custom order, perhaps to match a PK-31 sofa, loveseat or set of PK-31 chairs. The age of materials and construction would indicate this is not a new production item from Fritz Hansen - rather original early example by E. Kold Christensen. Whether this was a short lived small batch production piece or a custom order for someone who wanted a matching base coffee table to their PK31 Sofa, one thing is for certain: it is rare and unique, and if you have or plan on getting a PK31 Sofa or Armchair, this would be the perfect coffee table to pair it with, and you would probably be the only person with that exact combination. For designers and architects, consider this table and a PK-31 sofa for a design magazine cover worthy photo. Would also pair wonderfully with the PK22 Lounge chairs, PK80 daybed, or also designs by Preben Fabricius, Jorgen Kastholm, Jorgen Lund and Ole Larsen. Best suited for a modern home, such as Mid-Century Modern, but can also work in a contemporary home or office. Durable enough for commercial applications such as a hotel lobby, creative office suite, designer showroom or retail boutique. We have opted not to refinish the top or the base and to keep this in original condition, due to its rarity. While this would be the preference for collectors and the light patina is very desirable as it is light and even throughout, if you prefer a clean "newer" look, contact us for a refinishing quote. Very good vintage condition, light and even patina throughout metal base. Rosewood top has light wear commensurate with age and use.


  • Condition
    Good. Very good vintage condition, light and even patina throughout metal base. Rosewood top has light wear commensurate with age and use. .
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 12.5 in. x W 74.5 in. x D 25.5 in.

    H 31.75 cm x W 189.23 cm x D 64.77 cm

  • Seller location
    Culver City, CA
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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.

Read more about Poul Kjaerholm in Introspective Magazine

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