The PK0 A Chair, designed in 1952, is one of Poul Kjærholm's rare pieces of wooden furniture. Famous for his very refined steel creations, the Danish designer designed this small lounge chair at the start of his career, when he had just taken up his post at Fritz Hansen.
The PK0 A Chair nevertheless reveals the talent of Kjærholm, who managed to create a piece all in light geometry with a natural material a priori much less suitable than steel. Only about 600 copies were in circulation before Fritz Hansen reissued it on the occasion of its 150th anniversary.
The PK60 Table was designed at the same time as the PK0 A Chair. As in the latter, we find in its singular line the influences of Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Jean Arp, as well as Japanese design, in particular the sculptor Isamu Noguchi.
The table has a transparent glass top that reveals the sculptural shape of the base, formed by three interlocking pieces of black stained ash or Douglas fir, shaped by the skilful technique of steam bending.
PK0 A L66 x P62,5 x H66 cm – Seat height 40 cm – Shell: Pressure moulded veneer – Spacers: Steel, EPDM Rubber – Glides: Hytrel 5526
PK60 Ø105 x H44 cm – Tabletop: Glass (Low iron, fully tempered) – Base: Pressure moulded veneer – Spacers: Cork – Glides: Hytrel 5526 (polyester)
Acclaimed for his distinctive style of furniture design, Poul Kjaerholm was born in Øster Vrå, Denmark in 1929. His pieces are considered to contain a minimalist and articulated form, all in relief with a style that is still famous around the world.
From modest beginnings as a cabinetmaker apprentice at the Gronbech workshop in 1948, Kjaerholm continued to forge his ideology at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen. Far from shunning the majority of his Scandinavian counterparts, the Dane chose steel as the main material rather than wood. "The potential of steel is not the only thing that interests me, the refraction of light on its surface is an important part of my artistic work. "
Awarded the prestigious Lunning Prize in 1958 and the Trennali Grand Prix in Milan in 1960, Kjaerholm's drawings continue to be featured in the permanent collections of the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. in many other museums across Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Germany.