Poul Kjærholm

This week's featured designer is known primarily for his masculine designs in leather and chrome

Poul Kjærholm (b. January 8th 1929 - d. April 18th 1980) was a trained carpenter and continued his studies at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts.

He had a particular interest in different construction materials; especially steel, which he considered a natural material with the same artistic finesse as other natural materials.

- 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, he commented

Poul Kjærholm was famous for his minimalist style, a fine example of Danish international functionalism, but also with deep roots in the tradition of Danish furniture design.

Most of his furniture was initially produced by his friend E. Kold Christensen in Hellerup. Since 1982 a wide selection of those products have been produced by Republic of Fritz Hansen, a leading Danish furniture manufacturing firm. His designs are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and other museum collections in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Germany.

In 2007 Fritz Hansen added two new pieces to the Kjærholm Collection. Pieces that were never in production before, the PK8™ side chair and PK58™ dining table.


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