Pair of First Production PK25 Chairs
Designed in 1951. these examples executed in 1952, two of the first three ever produced.
Hand forged frames of matte chromed steel, flag halyard.
Provenance: Architect Halldor Gunnløgsson.
ed. Christoffer Harlang a.o “Poul Kjærholm”, Arkitektens Forlag, 1999, these examples illustrated pp. 150–151.
Michael Sheridan, “Poul Kjærholm Møbelarkitekt”, Louisiana 2006, these examples illustrated p. 25.
At the Danish School of Arts and Crafts, Wegner presented his students with a final assignment in 1951, where they had to design furniture for a well-known architect's living room, and from the models build one finished piece of furniture. For Poul Kjærholm, the task fell on architect Halldor Gunnløgsson's living room. It was the start of a friendship and professional collaboration that would last throughout the years. There were several of these furniture models that pointed in the directions that Kjærholm would later follow in his design, but it was the chair he chose as his final project that would become his breakthrough as a furniture architect and turned out to be one of the most important furniture pieces in the history of Danish design.
When the chair was seen by Fritz Hansen's Managing Director Søren Hansen it led to Poul Kjærholm being hired by Fritz Hansen, where Kjærholm focused on further experiments with materials.
Here, the “PK 25” chair was put in a very limited production in 1952, where the first three production models, from which this pair of chairs originate, ended up with the architect they were intended for all along, Halldor Gunnløgsson.
Produced by Fritz Hansen.
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Seat height 28cm/11.0"