Poul Kjærholm's PK22
The Danish designer Poul Kjærholm designed his PK22 chair for E. Kold Christensen in 1956. As one of his first creations, the PK22 is based on Kjærholm’s graduation project from the School of Applied Arts in Copenhagen which he finished in 1952. Simple and elegant design of the chare ensured its great popularity both in Denmark and internationally where it received great critical acclaim and won numerous awards, including the prestigious Grand Prix prize at the Milan Triennale in 1957.
Choose between Several Different Colours
Poul Kjærholm’s PK22 can be obtained in several variants, so you can choose the model that is the best fit for your home or office. The frame of the chair is made in a satin brushed stainless steel, while the available materials include:
- Certain leather variants
Poul Kjærholm original PK22 design incorporated a tightened double canvas covering and was also produced in different leather variants. The colours varied between:
- Indian red
Today it is also possible to obtain the chair in the different leather types and canvas in all these colours, as well as a model in wicker.
In recent years, Fritz Hansen, the company in charge of the manufacturing of the chair since 1982, introduced additional colours for the canvas models, including red, green and black. The frame of the chair has also changed throughout the years, with the original design of chromed steel being replaced with satin brushed steel in 2000.
Price of the PK22 Chair
A new original chair from Fritz Hansen cost around 22.000kr. (£2.660 / $3.385) for the model in wicker, while one in black leather cost around 28.000kr. (£3310 / $4210).
If you plan on buying a second-hand model, you can certainly save some money, compared to purchasing the original, but it’s very difficult to give an estimation of the second-hand model price, as the average price can fluctuate due to multiple factors, including the number of available Poul Kjærholm’s chairs at the moment.
Another alternative to buying an original is to get a replica of the PK22 designer chair. You can legally do this in Ireland, where it’s legal for companies to sell copies of designer chairs 25 years after the original release – shorter period of time than in most of Europe, which means that some of the most iconic examples of Danish Modern design are available at a price that is a fraction of the original cost.
However, if you do decide to buy a second-hand original, you can check the websites like Lauritz, Trendsales or eBay where you can bid on designer furniture. However, there are several considerations when doing this – first, you’ll have to keep an eye on the bids and make sure that you do not lose the chair in the last seconds of the auction. Second, as with most second-hand purchases, you should carefully check the chair for defects and imperfections like:
- If it is a leather model, has the leather started cracking?
- On a wicker model, has the braiding started unravelling or has it become loose?
- Does the surface of the frame still look nice?
- Does the chair still feel robust to sit in, or are there some loose elements, especially in the frame?
Poul Kjærholm's Designer Chairs
Poul Kjærholm was born on 8th of January 1929 in Øster Vrå, Denmark. Starting his career as a carpenter in 1948, Kjærholm later started the Design School in Copenhagen where he graduated in 1952. His graduation project was the chair PK25 which he continued to work on in the following years, refining the design and making the chair more comfortable. In 1956, the final design was completed and the result was PK22, probably his most popular and successful chair, both in Denmark and internationally. This lounge chair beautifully expresses Poul Kjærholm’s minimalistic approach to design and his fondness for steel and leather as basic materials. With roots in Danish Modern, his designs also incorporate the core ideas of international functionalism, combining the aesthetic, yet minimalistic design with high functional value.
Inspiration and Influences
The PK22’s frame has fewer elements than that of PK25 while at the same time providing better support and greater comfort. When designing the chair, Poul Kjærholm was inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair from 1929. But, PK22 is far more simple and discreet and, one can say, more in line with the spirit of the Scandinavian style and the tradition of Danish furniture design.
Dimensions of Poul Kjærholm's PK22 chair
|Seat height||35 cm|