Poul Kjaerholm

1929-1980
Lot 185
Poul Kjaerholm
Chaise lounge
Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $12,000
February 25, 2018
Lot 335
Poul Kjaerholm
Chaise lounge
Estimate: $14,000 - $18,000
October 22, 2017
Lot 336
Poul Kjaerholm
Lounge chairs (2)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
October 22, 2017
Lot 337
Poul Kjaerholm
Daybed
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $5,625
October 22, 2017
Lot 274
Poul Kjaerholm
Stools (2)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,000
May 21, 2017
Lot 344
Poul Kjaerholm
Daybed
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $21,250
March 5, 2017
Lot 66
Poul Kjaerholm
Coffee table
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $10,625
March 1, 2015
Lot 67
Poul Kjaerholm
Lounge chairs (2)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $6,875
March 1, 2015
Lot 68
Poul Kjaerholm
Lounge chairs (4)
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $8,125
March 1, 2015
Lot 15
Poul Kjaerholm
Lounge chairs (2)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,937
February 23, 2014
Lot 410
Poul Kjaerholm
Lounge chair
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,812
October 13, 2013
Lot 179
Poul Kjaerholm
Pair of stools
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $6,875
May 6, 2012
Lot 218
Poul Kjaerholm
Chaise longue
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $6,875
December 11, 2011
Lot 141
Poul Kjaerholm
PH-31 lounge chairs (2)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $10,625
June 26, 2011
Lot 240
Poul Kjaerholm
Easy Chair
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,675
October 17, 2010
Lot 241
Poul Kjaerholm
Coffee table
Estimate: $1,800 - $2,500
Price Realized: $3,675
October 17, 2010
Lot 242
Poul Kjaerholm
Pair of stools
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,675
October 17, 2010
Lot 243
Poul Kjaerholm
Daybed
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $6,737
October 17, 2010
Lot 373
Poul Kjaerholm
Pair of leather chairs (2)
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $6,000
June 7, 2009
Lot 284
Poul Kjaerholm
PK 22 chairs (2)
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $10,800
February 10, 2008
Lot 285
Poul Kjaerholm
PK 11 chair
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,700
February 10, 2008
Lot 286
Poul Kjaerholm
PK 61 sofa table
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,600
February 10, 2008
Lot 287
Poul Kjaerholm
PK 24 chaise lounge
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $19,200
February 10, 2008
Lot 288
Poul Kjaerholm
PK 71 nesting tables (3)
Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,000
February 10, 2008
Lot 289
Poul Kjaerholm
PK 31/3
Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000
Price Realized: $6,000
February 10, 2008
Lot 290
Poul Kjaerholm
PK 1 chairs (2)
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $3,900
February 10, 2008
Lot 291
Poul Kjaerholm
PK 24 chaise lounge
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $19,200
February 10, 2008
Lot 292
Poul Kjaerholm
PK 80 daybed
Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000
Price Realized: $14,400
February 10, 2008
Lot 293
Poul Kjaerholm
Prototype PK 15 chairs (4)
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Price Realized: $30,000
February 10, 2008
Lot 253
Poul Kjaerholm
PKO plywood lounge chair
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $13,800
June 3, 2007

About The Artist

Perfectly synthesizing principles of aesthetics and ergonomics, Poul Kjærholm’s singular mid-century Danish Modern furniture designs are at once timeless and radically innovative years after their creation. Kjærholm’s minimalist designs are celebrated for integrating and reinterpreting the language of geometric abstraction without compromising industrial functionality. This is in part due to Kjærholm's unique approach to his craft, where material dictates both form and function. "I am trying to express the very language of the materials themselves," he once conceded. “The important thing is to express the personality of the material-not mine.”

Kjærholm, who was drawn to woodworking at an early age, apprenticed as a cabinetmaker with master craftsman, Thorvald Grønbeck before turning to furniture design while studying in the 1950s under master Danish Modern industrial designers Hans J. Wegner, Jørn Utzon and Palle Suenson at the Kunsthåndværkerskolen (School of Arts and Crafts) in Copenhagen. Finding inspiration in work created by American designers Charles and Ray Eames and the German Bauhaus movement, as well as in the work of Dutch artists associated with the De Stijl group, such as Piet Mondrian and Gerrit Rietveld, Kjærholm’s designs draw on and respect the rich traditions of Danish furniture craftsmanship, while integrating modern materials, such as steel and leather, to ultimately reimagine standard, staple forms. “Steel’s constructive potential is not the only thing that interests me; the refraction of light on its surface is an important part of my artistic work,” he once noted. “I consider steel a material with the same artistic merit as wood and leather.” 

Kjærholm’s work has won several awards, including two Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale in 1957 and 1960, the Lunning Award in 1958 (for the PK22 chair), and the Danish ID Award in 1973. His work is featured in the permanent collections of museums across the globe, including those of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the V&A Museum in London, and was featured in the 1958 “Formes Scandinaves” exhibition in Paris. In 2004 a clutch of Kjærholm's designs were selected to furnish the newly built Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

 

Kjærholm, Poul. Kjærholm Production, www.kjaerholmproduction.dk/Default.aspx?ID=19. Accessed 5 July 2017.

Kjærholm, Poul. Republic of Fritz Hansen, www.fritzhansen.com/en/designers/poul-kjaerholm. Accessed 5 July 2017.

Kjærholm, Poul. Mid-Century Online, www.mid-centuryonline.com/blog/poul-kjaerholm-focus-and-functionality. Accessed 5 July 2017.

 

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