A design purist devoted to functionalism.
Born in ØsterVrå, Denmark in 1929, designer Poul Kjærholm began his career as a cabinetmaker’s apprentice in 1948. He studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen, graduating in 1952, and subsequently taught there until 1956. He was a lecturer at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1959, head of the Institute of Design in 1973, and became a professor there in 1976.
Poul Kjærholm is one of Denmark's greatest architect designers. He is a purist, known for his modern, functionalist furniture which is highly praised for its understated elegance and clean lines. He was a strong proponent for industrial production, and his work stands out among that of his Danish contemporaries because of his extensive use of steel frames rather than the traditional wood.
During his lifetime, Kjærholm was honored with numerous awards, including two Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale, the Lunning Prize and numerous ID awards.