Jørgen Kastholm

Born in Roskilde. After studies in the United States Jørgen Kastholm was trained as blacksmith in 1953 in his father's company. He went on to study at the School of Interior Design (Danish Design School) where he studied under Finn Juhl. while he was a student at the Danish Design School, he won his first prize in a furniture competition outside of school. He graduated as an architect in 1958 with honors. Subsequently he studied at the graphic school in Copenhagen. In the same period he worked for Arne Jacobsen, where he helped to develop the Egg chair. Arne Jacobsen was a great inspiration to him, just as his stay in the United States, where he became acquainted with Charles Eames and Mies van der Rohe. In 1959 he moved to Beirut in Lebanon where he was inspired and made the first sketches to the Scimitar Chair. Here he also worked on many projects. One of them was SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) launch and office space, He also designed a Lounge Chair for SAS lounge. afterwards he did the interior design of four palaces for King Saud ibn Abd al-Aziz. Saudi Arabia. After one year he move back to Denmark In 1960 Kastholm worked for Architect Ole Hagen design studio, where he met Preben Fabricius. And in 1961 they set up a design studio in a basement in Gentofte. Without any firm arrangements with manufacturers. It is his partnership with Preben Fabricius that propeled him to international fame. with chairs as Scimiter chair from 1963, The Tulip Chair FK 6725 from 1966, Grasshopper Chair FK 87 from 1968 and X Chair FK 82 from 1968 Just to mention a few of them. In 1968 they went their separate ways because of Jørgen Kastholms' desire to go his own way. He set up his own design studio in Gammel Holte from 1968 to 1971. Jørgen Kastholm was during the period editor of the furniture magazine Mobilia, where he wrote many articles and among other things, a book about Arne Jacobsen. Jørgen Kastholm became a very good friend of Arne Jacobsen, who came regularly at his home in Gammel Holte. Kastholm moved to Germany in 1971, where he continued his architectural practice in Düsseldorf. (JK Design.) Later he also established an design studio in Palm of Mallorca. In 1975 he was appointed architect and professor at the Bergische University of design in Wuppertal. Where he was professor until 1996 Kastholm designed chairs for the German Parliament and car seats for BMW. His Airport benches ( Terminal ) from 1996 Kusch + co. is represented in more than 120 airports around the world. He also designed furniture for many manufacturers such as: Kill international. Walter Knoll. Harvey Probber. Herman Miller, Gorden Russel, Wittmann, Brune, Dauphin, COR, Idea and Kusch + Co just to name a few of them. And for Danish producers: Poul Bachmann, Ivan Schlecter, Bo-Ex, Duba, Randers, og Getama. Kastholm always worked on the furniture with the aim of creating aesthetics. The furniture should be a pleasure to sit in and to look at. The simplest lasts longest and he never compromise on quality. He also received as many honours and awards as any designer can hope to attain and his work is represented in museums worldwide. His furniture has also been involved in movies such as: Rollerball with James Caan. The Devil Wears Prada with Meryl Streep, The Ghost Writer with Pierce Brosnan, Old Dogs with John Travolta, The International with Clive Owen and Up In The Air with George Clooney. Just to mention a few of them. Jørgen Kastholm died in 2007 and left two sons, Lars and Thomas Kastholm. The youngest son Thomas is a furniture designer like his father. And one of his designs can be seen in Kastrup Airport: The Daybed TK8 for Carl Hansen. By Thomas Bo Kastholm