Our Love of Kjareholm

 

One great pleasure that comes with the years is the total confidence in something you love so completely that it never needs to be reconsidered. No matter what, it works out perfectly. In the furniture the Danish mid-century designer, Poul Kjaerholm, we are happy provide such an endorsement.

Kjaerholm (pronounced KIR-holm) work was equally informed by the training and traditions of craftsmanship available to him in Denmark – alongside the more industrial and modernist influence of the Bauhaus. He loved to work with steel; yet, his uses in combination with leather, linen, and straw, softening the hard edge of the structural expression in the metal work. The combination has a way of appearing brand new - as well as classic - in just the way we want our work to be.

 Here are some of examples where we use Kjaerholm pieces to such effect. The numbering system used to name the pieces reflects the order in which Kjaerholm designed them.

 Project by Kellie Franklin, photo by Andrew Frasz

Project by Kellie Franklin, photo by Andrew Frasz

In a restored shingle-style house, we announce the modern interpretation of our design in the entrance hall with the Kjaerholm bench, PK 80. Upholstered here in natural leather, it seems to float upon the steel armature. Guests are welcome to gather around the fireplace

 PK 80 Bench

PK 80 Bench

 Project by Kellie Franklin, photo by Andrew Frasz.

Project by Kellie Franklin, photo by Andrew Frasz.

 PK33 Stool

PK33 Stool

The round stool, PK 33, is one of a pair. In this large living room, lots of seating is required for larger social gatherings and family events. And they stack for when you need to put them away, not that you’d ever want to do that! 

 Project by Kellie Franklin.

Project by Kellie Franklin.

We've used a number of Kjaerholm pieces in this Hudson River boathouse. The metal-framed PK 22 chair, here with wicker woven seat and back, draws a fine line in space against the solid upholstery. In addition, the nesting table set, P71, is one of three. And it’s always indispensable when it comes to putting down your cocktail!

 P71 Nesting Tables

P71 Nesting Tables

 Project by Kellie Franklin.

Project by Kellie Franklin.

 PK 71 Folding Bench

PK 71 Folding Bench

The pair of folding benches, PK 91, are shown in natural linen seats in a minimalist apartment in Manhattan. They are convenient for removing shoes or boots in the entry, as well as light enough to move about for extra seating in the adjacent living room.

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