Poul Kjaerholm

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 30, 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.

Unique coffee table with sculptural frame of black lacquered, laminated wood. Circular clear glass top. Prototype. Designed 1952. Manufactured 1952 by Fritz Hansen. Provenance: Family of Jorgen Hoyer, who worked from 1950 to 1952 with Poul Kjærholm in Fritz Hansen's office in Christianshavn.
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Holscher Chair, 1952. Ref: 7150. The chair acquired its name because of the steel tube construction made by the blacksmith Svend Holscher, the father of professor Knud Holscher. Svend Holscher was a blacksmith in the small town of Rødby, his son Knud was a good friend of Poul Kjærholm. The chairs were only manufactured for the Kjærholm family and friends. The winding of the flag halyard was done by Hanne and Poul Kjærholm, Knud Holscher and in this case, Holø Bergljot.
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PK-80-A Ref: 15981. Square Daybed with chromed steel frame. Original leather. Produced by E Kold Christensen. This model was designed in 1959 as a part of the interior for Tårnby City Hall. The City Hall was constructed 1957-1959 after drawings by Poul Kjærholm's mentor, Professor Haldor Gunnløgsson. The daybed was never put into serial production by E. Kold Christensen and was only made by special order. Only a very few examples by E. Kold Christensen are known besides those made for Tårnby City Hall. This present example was made by special order for the Jens Nielsen Museum in Holstebro, Denmark.
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PK54 Dining table. Top of flint rolled marble. Matt chrome spring steel frame. E Kold Christensen monogram stamp.
PK25 Chair. Ref 151023. Steel and flag halyard. Designed 1951.
Steel frame of PK25. Cut and bent in a single piece without joints and connections.
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