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Born in Østervrå, Denmark, Poul Kjærholm’s journey first began as a cabinetmaker’s apprentice with Gronbech in 1948, then going on to the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen in 1952. It was here that Kjærholm studied under Hans J. Wegner, whose impeccable understanding of materials, shape, and function would help mold Kjærholm’s talent. Developing over time, one of Kjærholm’s defining stylistic signatures became his unique ability to pair contrasting materials—metal, wood, wicker, upholstery, stone—and create striking harmonies within his pieces.  Throughout the next three decades, Kjærholm would become one of the most renowned designers in Danish history. This week, we’re highlighting five of Kjærholm’s most noteworthy pieces, all available in SUITE NY’s collection.
Poul Kjærholm
In an ongoing attempt to unite the sublime with the absolutely necessary, Kjærholm designed the PK80™ daybed. The inspiration came from the Bauhaus, which in turn, was inspired by ancient roman couches, exemplifying the ways in which the designer’s extensive training and studies allowed him to draw from a wide array of influences. The PK80™ is a timeless and versatile design, ideal for introducing mid-century style and appeal into today’s homes, and works beautifully in spaces of any size. In 2004, this piece was purchased for the galleries at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, recognizing it as a piece of furniture history—and with just one look at PK80™, it’s not hard to understand why. 
Poul Kjærholm
As an esteemed furniture designer, Poul Kjærholm also employed a masterful understanding of architecture, which he incorporated into almost all of his pieces, and he approached designing furniture much like one would approach designing a functional building. In the PK25™, we observe a fantastic expression of balance, form, materials, and negative space—all the signature features of an architectural work. Also known as the “Element” Chair, the PK25™ showcases Kjærholm’s eagerness to work with industrial materials. Kjærholm was determined to reduce the chair to a single piece of each material, resulting in the overarching hallmark of the chair—the continuous steel frame that is bent in a single piece without joints and connections. Seat in natural or black flag halyard.
Mario Botta, 1982
The PK54™ epitomizes all the elegance, artistry, and minimalism that Poul Kjærholm is known for. Another common feature of his designs is the juxtaposition of different materials, and in this table, we see an exquisite contrast between the stunning marble tabletop and sleek steel base.  Kjærholm’s ability to create harmonious relationships between contrasting materials would ultimately impact decades of Danish designers moving forward, who even today cite Kjærholm as a frequent source of inspiration. The table also includes an optional maple expansion ring, adding yet another gorgeous contrasting material to an already innovative design. Initially designed to seat six, the addition of the maple expansion ring allows PK54™ to seat up to twelve people.
Poul Kjærholm
Also known as the Tulip Chair, the PK9™ is renowned for its unique shape and silhouette. Though the chair itself feels sophisticated and stylish, it’s story and inspiration might surprise you. While searching for the perfect chair shape, Kjærholm’s inspiration for the shell comes from an imprint of his wife Hanne’s behind in the sand on the beach. Later, during the design process, Kjærholm had her sit in boxes of clay to find the most comfortable solution. While many artists cite unique and eccentric creative processes, we imagine this was the first time, and probably the last time, that this particular technique was used. Available fully upholstered in a selection of limited edition leathers.
Poul Kjærholm
Smart. Sleek. Simple. The PK91™ folding stool epitomizes Poul Kjærholm’s ongoing adaptation of historical furniture through designs that showcase his signature style. The source of inspiration for the PK91™ is an ancient Egyptian folding stool that dates back to circa 1500BC, transformed into an incredibly modern piece by one of history’s most influential designers. This unique ability to transform something old into something contemporary using sleek, industrial materials speaks to the designer’s unmatched spirit of innovation and creativity. Currently, the PK91™ has found its home as part of the permanent collection at the Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden. Seat in canvas or leather, base in solid satin brushed stainless steel.