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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Poul Kjærholm

Poul Kjærholm
Poul Kjærholm (1929–1980) graduated from the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts in 1952 and taught there until 1956. He took a position at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1959.

Kjærholm's designs are known for their clean lines and uncompromising attention to detail and quality. While most other designers chose to work with wood, he preferred steel, which he combined with other materials, such as wood, leather, cane or marble. He said, “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.”

E. Kold Christensen produced most of Kjærholm’s designs up until Kjærholm’s death in 1980. A wide selection has been part of the Fritz Hansen production since.

Kjærholm’s work can be found in museums around the world, most notably in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the V&A Museum in London. He has won several awards including two Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale in 1957 and 1960, the Lunning Award in 1958 and the ID Award in 1973.


PK11 chair, 1957
PK55 table, 1957
PK22 chair,  1955
PK31 sofa, 1958
PK1 chair, 1956
PK25 chair, 1951
PK80 daybed, 1957
PK24 lounge, 1951


  1. Hmmm. This one's not for me but can see the style in 'em.

  2. @DearHelenHartman: It's not my personal style either. I'm more of a wood and upholstery kind of girl. But as metal furniture goes, this does have character. I wouldn't turn down that Professors-Flat-File if someone offered to buy it for me though. :)