Poul Kjærholm 1929-1980
Poul Kjærholm finished as a carpenter in Hjørring in 1949. He moved to Copenhagen and graduated from the School of Arts and Crafts, furniture section in 1952. He went on to teach at the school from 1952-56.
Poul Kjærholm worked for Fritz Hansen for a year and then became a teacher at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1955, a senior lecturer in 1959 and was appointed Professor in 1976 following Kaare Klint and Ole Wanscher.
Poul Kjærholm was a member of the Academy Counsel 1962-71. He held numerous exhibitions both in Denmark and abroad and received several distinctions.
Poul Kjærholm was one of Denmark´s greatest modern designers. As one of the few Danish designers he continued the Bauhaus ideals and has enriched the international modernist tradition with several characteristic and personal works.
He had a profound understanding of materials and tools, which he considered to be the first step towards the creation of a piece of furniture.
Unlike Finn Juhl and Hans J. Wegner Poul Kjærholm didn´t concentrate on wood, but on steel and leather. His unyielding demands for quality, workmanship and technical perfection made his furniture far from affordable. From the beginning it was expensive and exclusive furniture. The simple form, materials and the high quality are exactly the reasons why Kjærholm´s furniture is in such great demand today.