Kjaerholm was born in Oster Vra in Denmark in 1929. He trained as a carpenter before studying furniture design at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen from 1949-1952.
Kjaerholm is especially interested in different materials and manufacturing techniques. Steel in particular was interesting to him - according to him, steel was a natural material with the same artistic qualities as other natural materials.
Poul Kjærholm designed the basic concept for an innovative furniture series in 1950, challenging the prevailing design norms of the time. Kjærholm designed the chair PK 25 in 1951. It was his graduation piece. The frame of this chair is made of cut and chrome-plated flat steel, while the seat and backrest are made of flag cable stretched and wrapped around the frame. Poul Kjærholm's chair designs are truly representative of the classic modern period. He moderates their strict functionalism by using softer and lighter shapes as well as typical Scandinavian natural materials such as wood, leather or wicker.
Poul Kjærholm designed the chair PK 0 in 1952, a two-piece construction made of moulded plywood.
Both models were developed further when Poul Kjærholm was subsequently employed at the Fritz Hansen company for one year. Other pieces soon followed, like the PK 22. His works at this time made Kjærholm one of the poster children for the new Danish and Scandinavian design.
In 1955 Poul Kjærholm commenced his collaboration with furniture manufacturer Ejvind Kold Christensen, which lasted until Poul Kjærholm's death in 1980. In 1982 Fritz Hansen took over production and sales of the Kjærholm collection, consisting of the creations from between 1951 and 1967, which are logical to the finest detail and surrounded with an aura of exclusivity.
Fritz Hansen added two new pieces to the Kjærholm collection in 2007. The dining chair PK8 and dining table PK58 had never been produced up till then.
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