Poul Kjærholm is regarded a central figure in international furniture design. Kjærholm combined his modern form language with an uncompromising approach to materials and quality, strongly rooted in the Danish tradition of craftsmanship. At the same time, he was deeply inspired by the German Bauhaus School and the Dutch De Stijl movement.Read More
Kjærholm made a name for himself primarily with his modern steel, leather and glass furniture. Function and clarity became the hallmarks of Kjærholm’s entire career as both an educator and a furniture designer. He did not see himself as someone who designed objects, but rather as someone who created spaces. He often designed furniture with particular places in mind, doing so with a rigor and level of detail that continues to arouse admiration. In his own words, Kjærholm strived to express each material’s own language – whether he was working with steel, leather, glass, wood or wicker.
Kjærholm was an idealist in his field. Throughout his career, he avoided easy solutions and refused to be influenced by shifting fads. He was driven by a desire to realize each material’s intrinsic nature and create harmony between form and material – and often felt there was only one solution to a given problem. He was a demanding teacher guided by perfectionism and discipline, his idealistic approach to design also manifesting itself among his students.
The Student Desk has a light, simple design which matches both modern and classic settings, and clearly demonstrates the exquisite interplay between materials which is typical of Poul Kjærholm’s designs. In his Student Desk, Kjærholm elegantly combined a lacquered steel frame with a veneered wood table top, thereby refining some of the design elements which would later characterise his furniture.
55.5” x 28.5” x 33.5”. Optional Drawer Module: 15.5” x 3.5” x 33.5″
Available with laminate, Oregon pine or oak veneer tabletops, with an oiled, lacquered or black-painted surface, and a black- or gray-lacquered steel frame. The optional drawer is available in oiled, lacquered or black-painted oak.