Seating with respect.

15. August 2019

Poul Kjaerholm (Denmark, 1929-80) is one of the most important furniture designers of the midcentury era. Vintage originals are immensely sought after and sold at design auctions to collectors worldwide. As a trained carpenter Kjaerholm developed a particular interest in different construction materials, especially steel, which he considered a natural material with the same artistic fineness as other natural materials. And, from a more personal point of view: He’s the author of our favourite piece of furniture overall: the wall-mounted PK26 sofa.

The PK31 is a true design icon: A lounge chair that also works as a modular element, enabling the production of sofas in variable length, so the number and arrangement of seating could be adapted to the room it was meant for. This combination of architectural, interior design and industrial thinking is characteristic for Kjaerholm – and it contributed to the long-term success of his designs. The clean lines and harmonic proportions gave the PK31 a sleek impression, even seen from behind, so it was ideal for larger reception areas.

func. gallery proudly presents a complete suite of PK 31 pieces: a three-seater sofa, PK 31/3 with two matching lounge chairs PK31, all in cognac leather. Matt, chrome-plated spring steel frame with wood-framed panels and down-filled cushions in leather. Made by E. Kold Christensen, 1959-81.*

PK 31
height: 76cm
width: 76cm
depth: 76cm
seating height: 38cm

PK 31/3:
height: 76 cm
width: 198 cm
depth: 76cm
seating height: 38cm

*Description by Michael Sheridan: The furniture of Poul Kjaerholm / Catalogue Raisonné (Miller, New York 2007)