Poul Kjaerholm PK22 Easy Chair For E. Kold Christensen, 1956, Denmark
Original first edition PK22 easy chair designed by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1956. Marked in the frame underneath the seat with the EKC logo. The PK22 chair followed the PK25 lounge chair — completed by Kjærholm while he was studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen — and reflected his evolving approach to design. Whereas the PK25 involved a single steel piece with a rope seat, the PK22 chair offered a simpler shape. Its two leg pieces bend into feet and are connected by two crossbars that curve downward to support a rectangle of woven cane. This allows a person to rest without feeling the metal on the seat or the front edge, and it also makes for easy disassembling. Because every element of the PK22 chair’s spare construction is visible, Kjærholm considered its aesthetics down to its exposed joints. Its immediate commercial success fueled Kjærholm’s career, and Fritz Hansen continues to manufacture the chair today.
73 cm H, 63 cm W, 67 cm D.
Seat height: 38 cm.