Poul Kjaerholm

The Danish architect, furniture and interior designer, Poul Kjaerholm was a professor of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He received the Grand Prix at Triennale di Milano for the project of the Danish pavilion. He gained many prizes including the Lunning prize (1958) and the ID Prize (1972).

In 1952 Kjaerholm graduated from the the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen. Among his teachers were Hans Wegner and Jørn Utzon. After his graduation he worked for a year at the Fritz Hansen factory and then moved over to E. Kold Christensen. In 1957 he received the Grand Prix at Triennale di Milano for the PK22 chair, in 1958 the same design gains him the prestigious Lunning prize. In 1960 Kjaerholm becomes the author of the Danish pavilion at the Triennale di MIlano. Kjaerholm works mostly with metal and leather. Some of his most well-known designs are PK22, PK25, PK9, PK41, PK91. In the USA his furniture was distributed by Herman Miller.

Poul Kjaerholm’s pieces are in the collection of the The Danish Museum of Art & Design, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, MoMA in New York, Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris, Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein.


Poul Kjaerholm. «PK22» lounge chair, 1956
Poul Kjaerholm
Upholstered furniture
Poul Kjaerholm. PK24 Chaise Longue, 1965
Poul Kjaerholm