The PK22 armchair by Poul Kjaerholm
Poul Kjærholm trained as a cabinetmaker before studying at the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts. Contrary to what one might think, the designer is more passionate about steel than wood. He liked to combine it with other materials such as rattan, rope and leather. From 1951 to 1967, Kjærholm developed a range of furniture entitled “The Kjærholm Collection” in collaboration with Ejvind Kild Christensen. The iconic PK22 armchair designed in 1955 is part of this work. In designing this famous chair, the Danish designer was inspired by the elegant Klismos chair from ancient Greece.
The PK22 chair embodies the Danish designer’s impressive ability to combine functionality and aesthetics. Inhabited by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe‘s“Less is more” philosophy, Poul Kjærholm ‘s main aim was to produce minimalist and pure pieces. He did not hide the importance he attached to refined curves and more generally to beauty. He used to say: “You can sit on a cardboard box – the only problem is that you’ll hurt your eyes looking at it. This vision is perfectly reflected in the design of the PK22 model. The hard chrome-plated flat steel frame provides the strength that a base requires, while at the same time giving the impression of lightness.
The PK22 was a resounding success from the moment of its official presentation: it was hailed by the critics and won the Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale! The popularity of this model led Fritz Hansen to resume production in the 1970s. Today, Fritz Hansen is still the exclusive and official publisher of the PK22 chair.
Technical specifications of the PK22 heater
Cover in leather, ossier or fabric
Hard chrome-plated flat steel frame
Published by “E.K Christensen” from 1956 to 1970
Published by Fritz Hansen from 1970 to the present day