From September 2013, Jacksons is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring the work of Danish furniture architect Poul Kjærholm. Kjærholm began his career at the height of Danish Modern's "golden years", and was the final major figure to emerge from the Danish furniture tradition. He developed an artistic ideology early on that he would be faithful to throughout his lifetime.
Kjærholm was one of the Scandinavian designers most influenced by the functionalist principles found in other international Modernist Movements, yet his approach was humanized by a traditional Scandinavian sensibility. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Kjærholm adopted steel rather than wood as his material of choice. After a series of experiments with molded materials, he began to treat his steel constructions with the delicacy and care found in traditional wood cabinetmaking. In fact, he considered steel to have an equal artistic merit with that of other natural materials. Kjærholm dressed his matte, chrome-plated steel frames--which resembled the surface of waxed wood--with rich, deliberately unfinished canvas, leather, and woven rattan--materials that became more beautiful with age.