The PK15 chair is made from steam-bent ash with a cane seat. Poul Kjærholm had been interested in building such a bentwood chair in the early 1960s, but was discouraged by the difficulty. He took up the idea again in 1979 and finally produced the PK15.
The PK15 was the first pre-compressed chair to go into commercial production. Gimla Möbelfabrik, in Sweden, was the first to manufacture it, in steam-bent beech, but was unable to achieve the level of precision required for commercial production. Several solutions were tried, such as turning the legs on a lathe so that they narrowed where they met the armrest.
Production was eventually taken over by PP Møbler, who found new pre-compression techniques to meet Kjærholm's requirements.
The basic shape of the chair has a long curve forming the backrest and armrests, before descending to form the front legs. An inner and lower curve, parallel but narrower, forms the back legs.
The PK15 echoes the PK12 steel armchair, designed in 1964 and produced by Kold Christensen. The resemblance is striking, despite the contrast in material composition.
Materials Ash, Solid wood caning, Leather
Dimensions W57,5 x D47,7 x H71.6 cm – Seat Height 45 cm – Weight 3.4 kg
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 minimalistic, articulate form, all embossed with a style that is still world famous.
From humble beginnings as an apprentice cabinetmaker at the Gronbech workshop in 1948, Kjaerholm went on to forge his ideology at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen. Far from shying away from the majority of his Scandinavian counterparts, the Dane has chosen steel as his main material rather than wood. "The potential of steel is not only 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 Grand Prix du Trennali in Milan in 1960, Kjaerholm's drawings continue to be present in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and in many other museums throughout Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Germany.