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SPOTLIGHT ON POUL KJÆRHOLM

April 29, 2020


Poul Kjærholm was a Danish designer. Born in Østervrå, Denmark, Kjærholm began as a cabinetmaker’s apprentice with Gronbech in 1948, going on to the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen in 1952. Over the course of the next three decades, Kjaerholm would become one of the most renowned designers in Danish history, creating countless iconic pieces and inspiring future generations of designers across the world. At SUITE NY, we’re proud to carry a wide range of Kjærholm’s most distinguished works, and this week we’re highlighting five designs that showcase the exceptional talent and influence of one of Denmark’s most esteemed designers and architects.
PK22™
Poul Kjærholm
The discrete and elegant PK22™ lounge chair epitomizes the work of Poul Kjærholm and his search for the ideal type-form and industrial dimension, which was always present in his work. Spacious and modern, the chair received instant praise, and in 1957 was awarded the Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale, the world’s premier design fair. The prize catapulted Kjærholm, making him an immediate success on the international design scene, a position he has held ever since. The PK22™ is astoundingly versatile, and works well in almost any space: homes, hotels, offices, waiting rooms, anywhere you may want to sit.
PK91™
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 design by one of history’s most influential designers. 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.
PK54™
Poul Kjærholm
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. 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.
PK80™
Poul Kjærholm
In an ongoing attempt to unite the sublime with the absolutely necessary, Poul Kjærholm designed the PK80™ daybed. The inspiration came from the Bauhaus, which in turn, was inspired by ancient roman couches. 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. Available upholstered in a wide range of exclusive leathers.
PK9™
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 shape of 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. The hard work was worth it in the end, as it ultimately led to this iconic design. Available fully upholstered in a selection of limited edition leathers.
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