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Iconic Midcentury Furniture By Poul Kjærholm Gets Reboot

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Available through Fritz Hansen and Carl Hansen & Son

Enthusiasts of Danish designer Poul Kjærholm are in for a treat: Two legendary furniture houses are releasing limited collections of some of his most iconic pieces.

The first set comes from Fritz Hansen on the occasion of the products’ 60th anniversary. The PK22 lounge chair has been updated to feature a darkened steel frame and a sumptuous nubuck leather seat. The PK61 coffee table features the same steel structure and an understated grey marble surface. The collection will be available for a period of 12 months at Fritz Hansen’s flagship store in London.

Kjærholm was employed at Fritz Hansen for only a year but produced many noteworthy chair prototypes for the furniture company. In 1955, he went on to collaborate with manufacturer Ejvind Kold Christensen until his death in 1980, producing an impressive portfolio of pieces featuring his distinctive use of steel.

The other Danish furniture giant Carl Hansen & Son will also be releasing a set of Kjærholm’s designs. They are the the PK52 and PK52A desks, fashioned in a framework of black- or grey-lacquered steel and wooden tabletops. They were originally designed for classrooms at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, where he lectured.