Poul Kjærholm was born in 1929 in Oster Vra in Vendsyssel, Nothern Jutland. Kjaerholm was a trained carpenter and continued his studies at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts. He went on to become a lecturer and professor in the furniture and interior design department at the Academy of Art from 1957-1976. He 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. "I am trying to express the very language of the materials themselves" - Poul Kjaerholm.
Poul Kjærholm was employed at Fritz Hansen for about a year, where he designed a number of noteworthy chair prototypes. Kjaeholm’s designs for Fritz Hansen included the PK22 Easy Chairs. In 1955 Poul Kjærholm initiated his collaboration with manufacturer Ejvind Kold Christensen, which lasted until Poul Kjærholm's death in 1980.
Poul Kjaerholm designed modern functionalist furniture that was praised for it’s understated elegance and clean lines His remarkable attention to detail – modest in means, but rich in expression. Although he always considered functionality an absolute requirement this was always done with unwillingness to compromise as an artist.
*Text courtesy of Kjaerholm Production and The Republic of Fritz Hansen.