Poul Kjaerholm, Danish 1929-1980. Poul Kjaerholm used innovative construction materials to produce fluid designs that were elegant, functional and modern. Kjaerholm chose steel as his primary, but always combined it with other materials such as wood, leather, cane or marble.
His designs are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and in other museum collections in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Germany.
Most of his furniture was initially produced by his friend E. Kold Christensen. Beginning in 1982 a wide selection of those products have been produced by Republic of Fritz Hansen, a leading Danish Furniture manufacturing firm.
After studying at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts, Poul Kjaerholm worked for Fritz Hansen for about a year. There he designed several noteworthy chair prototypes. His ideology, “I am trying to express the very language of the materials themselves.” speaks through his pieces with simple elegance and an air of exclusivity.
Since 1872 Fritz Hansen has been manufacturing some of the highest quality and most recognizable furniture in the world. Collaborating with prolific furniture designers, Hans J. Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjærholm, Piet Hein, Kasper Salto, and many more, Fritz Hansen has always been on the cutting edge of design, setting the tone throughout generations of Scandinavian design.