Poul Kjærholm (1929 – 1980) combined his strict, modern idiom with an uncompromising approach to quality and materials rooted in Danish craftsmanship traditions. Despite his short career as a furniture designer, Kjærholm’s exquisite craftsmanship and clear expression resulted in timelessdesigns whose influence extended globally and well beyond his own lifetime.
Kjærholm became known for his modernist steel, leather and glass furniture. After training as a cabinetmaker, he studied furniture design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, graduating in 1952.
Kjærholm's furniture is represented in many international museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His awards include the Lunning Award in 1958, the Eckersberg Medal in 1960, and multiple ID Prizes.