Danish designer Poul Kjaerholm engineered a shift in the Scandinavian modern tradition by combining traditionally exquisite Danish woodworking with emerging technologies for employing steel and aluminum in designing his spare, elegant and architectural furniture. In doing so he created nearly a dozen iconic pieces of 20th century design.
Since 2004 R Gallery has partnered with Sean Kelly Gallery to exhibit, promote and preserve Poul Kjaerholm's vital legacy. Simultaneous exhibitions in the two galleries in 2004 and 2007 showcased the most important collection of Kjaerholm works ever assembled, alongside significant modern and contemporary art works to explore the inherent dialogue between the two visual entities.
The two galleries also represent an exclusive series of limited edition furniture pieces produced under close supervision by the Kjaerholm family. The pieces include the PK 12 chair, the PK 50 conference table and two items that were never commercially produced during Kjaerholm's lifetime - the Reol Modular Bookcase and the Aluminum Tripod Chair. This is a thoughtful and faithfully well-executed series that highlights aesthetic pillars of Kjaerholm's design career and carries forward a strong tradition of Danish cabinetmaking and design by bringing the production to the community of makers who originally helped Kjaerholm realize his designs.