Jacksons Berlin is pleased to announce our 2016 Summer Exhibition, showcasing works by
Danish furniture designer Poul Kjærholm (1929-1980).
Opening: Friday, April 29, 6–9 pm
Exhibition period: April 30 – July, 2016
A selection of furniture has been chosen representing Kjærholm's unique understanding of construction and craftsmanship. On display are his earlier productions, made together with cabinet maker E Kold Christensen, and rare designs such as a pair of 'Holscher chairs' (1952) made exclusively for family and friends and a squared daybed, 'PK80-A' (1969), acquired from the Jens Nielsen Museum in Holstebro.
Unlike many of his contemporaries in the Danish Modernist tradition, Kjærholm adopted steel rather than wood as his material of choice. However, he treated steel with the same delicacy and care found in traditional wood cabinetmaking and dressed his steel constructions with rich, deliberately unfinished canvas, leather and woven rattan –materials that become more beautiful with age.
In 1951, Poul Kjærholm graduated from the Department of Furniture Design at the School of Arts, Crafts and Design in Copenhagen, Denmark. As early as 1958, Kjærholm received Scandinavia’s most distinguished award in crafts and design, the Lunning Prize. In 1960, he was commissioned to design Denmark’s pavilion at the XIIth Triennal in Milan and in 1959, Kjærholm began to lecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. He became head of the Institute for Design in 1973, and was ultimately titled professor in 1976 until his death 4 years later. Today, his furniture designs can be seen in museums such as MoMa, Louisiana, Vitra Design Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum.