Important 20th Century Design /04 December 2005


Poul Kjaerholm

prototype lounge chair
Denmark, 1952
steel, halyard
24½ w × 29¼ d × 28¼ h in (62 × 74 × 72 cm)

This unique prototype chair is an auction first. The form illustrates the beginnings of the architectural theme that guided Kjaerholm throughout his career. The sculptural qualities of the frame and halyard are complimented by the clear delineation of form. Created with only the sparest of lines, the chair becomes a study in structure and design. This is the only example of this chair, made by Kjaerholm for production by Fritz Hansen in 1952. The design was never produced beyond the one example, and Kjaerholm employed his friend Knud Holscher to assist with the metal work while the designer himself attached the halyard in his apartment in Denmark. Exhibited at the Copenhagen Museum of Decorative Arts in 1952, Kjaerholm adapted the principle of the open frame for the PK 25 that same year. Sold with a certificate of authenticity from Thomas Kjaerholm, Poul’s son

exhibited: 1952, Copenhagen Museum of Decorative Arts

literature: Poul Kjaerholm, Utzon, ppg. 12, 13, 173 illustrate and discuss this chair

estimate: $70,000–90,000

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