The classic PK1 chair by Poul Kjaerholm designed back in 1956 has been brought to market again by Danish company Thorsen Moebler A/S. PK1 is a side chair reduced to the ultimate. The framework is welded steel tube. The structure with its limited, fine-tuned details is fully visible. It is a quintessential Poul Kjærholm universal chair combining a tight steel body and subtle natural materials in the seating. The bold, minimalist design is witness to the trust that existed between designer and manufacturer.
Poul Kjaerholm (1929-80) is a Danish furniture and interior architecture legend made an impressive career in interior and exhibition architecture, and taught in his alma maters, such as the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, where he was a Professor in furniture and interior design. Poul Kjærholm was heavily influenced by the furniture of Charles and Ray Eames, displayed in an exhibition of American furniture in Denmark in 1954. Yet Poul Kjærholm based his competence in Danish quality furniture on his background in cabinet making, starting as an apprentice at the age of 15 and continuing his studies in the local technical college. Kjærholm transferred the essentially Danish technical detailing to metal, the frame material he later favoured. Kjærholm ingeniously and delicately combined various natural materials such as wood, leather, cord and rattan to his metal frames, which were often assembled on site. Poul Kjærholm’s success in the Milan Triennials coincided with that of many Finnish designers. Poul Kjaerholm was awarded Grand Prix in 1957 for his PK22 chair, and a Grand Prix and gold medal for the design of the Danish pavilion in 1960. In 1958 Poul Kjærholm received the Lunning award, sometimes referred to as the Nobel Prize in design. One of the most famous Poul Kjærholm interiors is the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC, dating from 1967 and donated to the United States by the Danish State.
Thanks to the Finnish manufacturer and distributor of PK1 called Piiroinen.