Just In: Poul Kjaerholm PK80 Daybed

November 20, 2020
Poul Kjaerholm | Daybed | designed 1967 | Est. $15,000-20,000

A design held in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Poul Kjaerholm’s PK80 Daybed is objet exemplaire of the Danish designer’s uncompromising aesthetic principles. Dedicated to letting his materials guide his output, Kjaerholm once said, “I am trying to express the very language of the materials themselves. The important thing is to express the personality of the material — not mine.” Kjaeerholm is especially remembered for his use of steel, which he believed to be as quintessential a material as leather and wood.

Just arrived to our showroom and slated for the upcoming January 2021 Modern Art & Design Auction, Kjaerholm’s iconic daybed draws from a couch that Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich designed in the 1930s. Indeed, Kjaerholm is celebrated for effectively synthesizing the multiple approaches of some of the era’s most notable designers; trained as a cabinetmaker in his native Denmark, he later became a student of Hans J. Wegner and was strongly influenced by Charles and Ray Eames as well as the tenets of De Stijl Movement. Like many of Kjaerholm’s designs, the PK80 is deceptively simple — while its elements may be streamlined to the finest degree, the piece maintains a commanding and distinctly modern elegance.


Carl Hansen. “Poul Kjaerholm.” Accessed November 20, 2020.
Fritz Hansen. “PK80.” Accessed November 20, 2020.
Mid-Century Online. “Poul Kjærholm.” Accessed November 20, 2020.

Lot Information:

Poul Kjaerholm
Designed 1957
Model no. PK 80
E. Kold Christensen
Stamped “EKC/Denmark”
11.5″ x 76″ x 32″

Literature: Poul Kjærholm. 2nd ed. C. Harlang, ed., et al. 2001. 104-105.

Estimate: $15,000–$20,000
January 2021 Modern Art & Design Auction

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