Poul Kjærholm valuations
Poul Kjærholm was a Danish designer, whose graceful designs brought a breath of fresh air to the Scandinavian Modern in the 1960s. His industrial style favoured organic materials such as rattan, cane or leather for the main body of his chair and sofa designs but re-embraced tubular steel for the legs and framingContinue reading
He was educated in the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts under other famous Danish designers Hans J. Wegner and Jørn Utzon -the architect of the Sydney Opera House-, whom he was particularly influenced by. From mid 1950s, Kjærholm worked for his entrepreneur friend and cabinetmaker Ejvind Kold Christiansen, who gave him great artistic freedom with his designs.
In 1958 he attracted international acclaim for his contributions to the Formes Scandinaves exhibition in Paris and was honored with the the legendary 'Lunning Award', the same year for his lounged back leather on steel base PK22 chair, which is probably his most famous design to this day. His P20 Lounge chair with its strong leather cover and bent u-shaped steel basis show Kjærholm's brave nature while remaining loyal to traditional elements like the neck support. His P24 Rattan Chez Longue or the Hammock Chair, again featuring the leather neck support, is the epitome of nature's poetic aesthetics.
Begetting masterpieces of design, Kjærholm's collaboration with his friend Ejvind Kold Christiansen lasted until Kjærholm's death in 1980. In 1982, Fritz Hansen took over the production and sales of "The Kjærholm Collection", developed from 1951 to 1967, designs, which are logical to the minute detail with an aura of exclusivity. In 2007 Fritz Hansen added two new pieces that were never in production before to the Kjærholm Collection: the PK8™ side chair and PK58™ dining table.