Important 20th Century Design /04 December 2005

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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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Poul Kjaerholm 1929–1980

Furniture designer Poul Kjærholm was a significant figure in Danish modern design uniquely blending craftsmanship and industrial production. Trained as a cabinetmaker in Hjørring, Denmark in 1949, he later studied furniture design at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen, graduating in 1952. In 1955, he was hired by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts as a lecturer and also designed the, now iconic, school’s desks. In 1976 he was welcomed back as a professor.

Kjærholm’s timeless designs are functional and durable. He often worked in steel, leather and glass, placing importance on the relationship of the piece to its environment. Kjærholm received many awards throughout his career including two Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale, the Lunning Prize in 1958, the Eckersberg's Medal in 1960, and multiple ID awards. In 2006, Kjærholm was the subject of a major retrospective at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. His work is included in the permanent collections of museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York where designs are featured throughout the galleries and restaurant. Poul Kjærholm died in 1980. 

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PK 9 chairs, set of eight
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PK 9 chairs, set of six
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $36,250

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PK 11 chairs, set of eight
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PK 54 dining table
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PK 80 daybed
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result: $31,200

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POUL KJAERHOLM, PK 9 chairs, set of six | Wright20.com

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