Poul Kjærholm

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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.

Poul Kjærholm

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


Poul Kjærholm

Lounge chair “PK25” (1951/52, production start in 1956): made on one single sheet of steel. cover done using sailing cord/rope like called “flag halyard”
Coffee table “PK61” (1955) : made to match PK22, top can be in glass/marble/granite/slate
Lounge chair “PK22″(1956): famous and well known
Day Bed “PK80” (1957)
Tripod stool “PK33″(1959) : same construction technique as on daybed PK80 (top & feet sticks together using rubber rings)
The Tulip Chair (1961)
X Stool “PK91” (1961): ball bearing crossing
Hammock chair “PK24″(1965): “Chaise Longue”, reversible structure
Rocking Chair “PK20” (1967)

Poul Kjærholm


Kjærholm has been referred to as a ‘furniture architect’ as he used functional models to make his finalized works. Furniture that he created between 1951 and 1980 has been described as “profound essays on the relationship between the body, materials, and space.

Designing often necessitates considering the aesthetic, functional, economic and sociopolitical dimensions of the design object & design process.


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