Designer Spotlight: Poul Kjærholm

Poul Kjærholm was a Danish designer born in Øster Vrå, Denmark in January 8, 1929. His designs perfectly capture the elegance and clean line associated with modern functionalist furniture. His furniture is sleek and timeless, made with an eye for quality and craftsmanship. His career began in 1948 when he apprenticed for Gronbech as a cabinetmaker’s apprentice. At the end of his apprenticeship he decided to further his design education and enrolled in the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen. There he met his wife, Hanne Kjærholm, who went on to become a successful architect.

After school he worked for his friend, Ejvind Kold Christiansen, an entrepreneur who allowed Kjærholm to experiment with art and design. Kjærholm designed the PKO minimalist plywood series including the famous PK61 coffee table with a glass top showcasing a wildly irrational yet playful wooden support frame. In 1958 Kjærholm achieved international fame for his contributions to the ‘Formes Scandinaves’ exhibition in Paris. He won the legendary ‘Lunning Award’ for his PK22 chair. In both 1957 and 1960 he was awarded the Grand Prize at the Milan Trennali. Since his death on April 18, 1980, his work has been produced by Republic of Fritz Hansen, a leading Danish furniture manufacturing firm. Kjærholm is a landmark designer of the modern age and his designs are installed in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and collections in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Germany.

AntiquitiesWeb is fortunate to carry two of Poul Kjærholm’s most famous designs. Their sleek lines and elegant craftsmanship would add sophistication to a variety of décor styles:



PK 22 lounge chairs, pair. E. Kold Christensen Denmark, 1957. Matte chrome plated steel, cane. Impressed manufacturer’s marks to underside.


Oak table with matte chrome plated steel legs by Poul Kjaerholm, Denmark 1964 E Kold Christensen. Impressed manufacturer’s mark on each leg.

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