Poul Kjærholm 1929-1980

Poul Kjaerholm

Poul Kjærholm was a Danish architect and furniture designer. He graduated from The Danish School of Arts and Crafts in 1955 and went on to teach furniture design at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, where he was eventually made professor after Ole Wanscher in 1976. Poul Kjærholm’s style is famous for its minimalist and functional design using steel, glass, cane and leather – widely considered the exception to Danish furniture design, which is characterised by the use of wood and cabinetmaking craftsmanship.

Although Poul Kjærholm broke with tradition in terms of materials, he stayed true to the form and function associated with Danish furniture design and many of his pieces were derived from older types by Kaare Klint.

PK-9-dining chair by Poul Kjaerholm
PK22 chairs and PK65 coffee table by Poul Kjaerholm

In 1958 he attracted international acclaim for his contributions to the ‘Formes Scandinaves’ exhibition in Paris and in the same year he won the prestigious ‘Lunning Award’, for his PK22 chair. In 1957 and again in 1960 he won the Grand Prize at the Milan Trennali.

PK31-2-seater sofa by Poul Kjaerholm
PK 24 lounge chair by Poul Kjaerholm
PK-22 steel and rattan by Poul Kjaerholm
PK-22-leather chair by Poul Kjaerholm