Poul Kjærholm’s designs are characterised by understated elegance, clean lines and remarkable attention to detail – modest in means, but rich in expression.
Kjærholm had a particular interest in different construction materials; especially steel which he considered a natural material with the same artistic fineness as other natural materials. While using steel as his primary material, he would combine it with other materials such as wood, leather, cane or marble.
Kjærholm studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen where he would later teach from 1952-56. In 1976 he was appointed Professor of furniture design at Copenhagen’s Royal Academy, a position he held up until his death in 1980.
His works are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the V&A Museum in London and other museum collections in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Germany.