Poul Kjærholm

Poul Kjærholm (1929–1980) graduated from the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts in 1952 and subsequently went on to teach there until 1956. Kjærholm’s design is characterized by its understated elegance, clean lines and remarkable attention to detail — modest in means, but rich in expression. Although he always considered functionality an absolute requirement this was always done with an unwillingness to compromise as an artist. 

While most of his contemporary designers preferred wood as their primary material, Kjærholm chose steel but always combined it with other materials like wood, leather, cane or marble. Of his favourite material he said: “Steel’s constructive potential is not the only thing that interests me; the refraction of light on its surface is an important part of my artistic work. I consider steel a material with the same artistic merit as wood and leather”.