Unlike many of his contemporaries in the Danish Modernist tradition, Poul Kjærholm adopted steel rather than wood as his material of choice. However, he treated steel with the same delicacy and care found in traditional wood cabinetmaking and dressed his steel constructions with rich, deliberately unfinished canvas, leather and woven rattan –materials that become more beautiful with age.
This summer a great deal of works by the late Poul Kjærholm is showcased in the swedish owned gallery “Galerienhaus” in Berlin. Since 1981, as the first Jacksons Gallery in Sweden opened the owners have built one of the most extensive collections of 20th-century Scandinavian and international vintage design.
A selection of furniture has been chosen representing Kjærholm’s unique understanding of construction and craftsmanship. On display are his earlier productions, made together with cabinet maker E Kold Christensen, and rare designs such as a pair of ‘Holscher chairs’ (1952) made exclusively for family and friends and a squared daybed, ‘PK80-A’ (1969), acquired from the Jens Nielsen Museum in Holstebro. The exhibition is open to the public until 30th of July 2016.
In 1951, Poul Kjærholm graduated from the Department of Furniture Design at the School of Arts, Crafts and Design in Copenhagen, Denmark. As early as 1958, Kjærholm received Scandinavia’s most distinguished award in crafts and design, the Lunning Prize. In 1960, he was commissioned to design Denmark’s pavilion at the XIIth Triennal in Milan and in 1959, Kjærholm began to lecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. He became head of the Institute for Design in 1973, and was ultimately titled professor in 1976 until his death 4 years later. Today, his furniture designs can be seen in museums such as MoMa, Louisiana, Vitra Design Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. Most well knows reproductions of his are probably the chair PK22, loungetable PK61 and sofa PK31 sold in high end furniture stores or, if lucky, at auctions around the world.
For more information about the exhibition please visit http://jacksons.se/exhibit/poul-kjaerholm-33/