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Poul Kjærholm: icon of modernist design

Trained cabinetmaker, furniture architect and internationally renowned designer, Poul Kjærholm always strived to create furniture with unusual shapes and innovative materials. His collaborations with Fritz Hansen and Ejvind Kold Christensen resulted in unique products that are symbols of modern design to this day.

His preference for the use of steel, often combined with wood and marble, made his creations highly original and unlike anything seen before. From iconic pieces such as the PK0™ chair and the PK60™ coffee table to the sophisticated PK61™ top, each element takes centre stage creating a beautiful focal point in the spaces dedicated to relaxation.

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Sculptural and functional, the PK0 A™ chair, designed by Poul Kjærholm in 1952, has become an unmistakable masterpiece of modern design, and today is reissued in Oregon pine or black coloured ash with cinnabar red spacers. A result of the artist's experimentation with industrial materials and inspired by the forms of Charles and Ray Eames LCW chair, PK0 A™ consisted of two pieces of laminated plywood joined by rubber shock absorbers placed under the seat. However, Fritz Hansen never actually produced the chair, with the exception of 600 prototypes. Kjærholm thus decided to leave the company.

For Fritz Hansen's 150th anniversary, it was relaunched alongside the PK60™ coffee table.

Its elegant and curvilinear shape lends a prominent presence to wood, the chair's primary construction material, making it the true star of the show. Comfortable and suitable for a relaxation corner, the PK0 A™ chair features vermillion-coloured spacers placed under the seat, which add a touch of visual interest creating a delightful contrast to the rest of the chair's frame.

Previously unreleased just like the PK0 A™ chair, the PK60™ coffee table, designed by Poul Kjærholm, stands out for its sophistication and architectural approach to construction. Inspired by the creations of the Japanese sculptor Isamu Noguchi, it was created in the early days of Kjærholm's collaboration with Fritz Hansen and shows the designer's curiosity and desire to learn new ways of making furniture.

Consisting of a round clear glass top and a three-legged steam-bent wooden base, the PK60™ low coffee table demonstrates a carefully thought-out balance between function and aesthetics, like a sculpture that can be both admired and used. The harmonious relationship between the parts is the result of an original technical innovation combined with excellent craftsmanship, which has earned Kjærholm international acclaim, making its coffee table one of the hallmarks of 1950s Danish design.

Available in black coloured ash or Oregon pine finishes, it still succeeds in adding a fascinating modern touch to any interior.

Fritz Hansen Kaiser Idell 6556
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With its delicate, minimalist forms, the PK22™ lounge chair, designed by Poul Kjærholm for Kold Christensen and winner of the Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale, is a magnificent expression of the designer's vision and his quest for the ideal shape and size.

The frame consists of a practical steel base and a soft generous seat, which makes you feel completely enveloped and protected.

Simple yet extremely functional, the PK22™ has become one of the most iconic pieces of modern design.

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Designed by Poul Kjærholm for Fritz Hansen in 1956, the PK61™ coffee table features strong lines and a square design with a satin polished stainless steel base, a large top available in four luxury materials, namely slate, Fauske marble, granite and glass, which add an elegant, alluring touch to this unique piece. A particularly interesting feature is the removable tabletop, which demonstrates Kjærholm's intention to use gravity to keep all parts in place.

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The PK91™ folding stool by Fritz Hansen is a classic design that draws its inspiration from a 1930s wooden seat made by Kaare Klint. Poul Kjærholm reinterpreted the traditional lines to emphasise the timeless beauty of classic furniture. Available in five different types of leather and natural black Canvas fabric, the PK91™ stool has a satin polished stainless steel frame.

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