Poul Kjærholm (1929-1980) began as an apprentice to a cabinetmaker at the age of 15. He finished his apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker in 1948. Then he graduated from the Danish School of Arts and Crafts, where he had studied with the designer Hans J. Wegner, in 1952. Being graduated, he experimented several forms and, in 1955, with E. Kold Christensen, he established the firm that was to produce and market his new designs for the next 25 years.
As it has been written, "he was fascinated by modules, identical units that can be joined to create a larger object, and he applied this idea to his furniture. The idea of the chair as the essential furniture module was extended to include architectural space with the seating for the Louisiana concert hall of 1976. Kjærholm constantly remained in the force field between aesthetic reflection and technical industrial potential, which he combined with geometrical abstraction and ergonomic form in a timeless, exclusive and unique design that still keeps his furniture among the most coveted and admired items on the market – 40 to 50 years after their creation" (http://www.arcspace.com/exhibitions/kjaerholm/louisiana.html).
Poul Kjaerholm in PK 24 chaise longue (photo : arcspace)
PK 24 in Kjaerholm's house north Copenhagen designed by his wife Hanne Kjaerholm (photo : arcspace)
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