Poul Kjærholm designed the PK22 in 1957 just two years after his graduation from The School of Applied Arts in Copenhagen. The steel frame structure is indeed borrowed from the design of his graduation piece ‘The Element Chair’ (PK25). However for the The PK22 the steel structure was split into two components as a result of design improvements as well as a more economical production process.
The PK22 brought Poul Kjærholm even closer to his goal of ideal design – a combination of form and function. One of the first and only Danish furniture designers of his era to break from cabinetmaking tradition, Poul Kjærholm used steel, glass, cane and leather as his preferred materials.
The PK22 was a great success commercially and received immediate critical acclaim – winning the Grand Prix prize at the Milan Triennale, the world’s premier design fair – in 1957.
The prize fast-tracked Poul Kjærholm’s career and catapulted his name into the international design arena where he has stayed ever since.