The four iconic pieces presented in the Poul Kjærholm Limited Editions are based on prototypes from each decade of his career and produced with the cooperation of the Kjærholm family. The limited-edition pieces all come directly from original technical drawings and/or original prototypes made by Poul Kjærholm. The Kjærholm family has helped forge relationships with the original cabinetmakers, their children and apprentices, to craft these pieces exactly as Kjærholm intended. Each piece in the edition is numbered and clearly marked with a unique metal plaque designed by Michael Sheridan. R Gallery and Sean Kelly Gallery hold exclusive representation of the Estate of Poul Kjærholm.
Poul Kjærholm (Denmark, 1929-1980) was the final major figure to emerge from the Danish furniture tradition, and one of the most profound furniture designers of the 20th-century. Originally trained as a cabinetmaker, Kjærholm studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen, where he developed a vision of modern furniture that combined craft techniques with industrial production. After a series of experiments with molded materials, Kjærholm developed his predominant method: treating steel construction with the delicacy and precision of traditional woodworking techniques. Kjærholm's aesthetic revolved around open modular structures in which ornament and historical references were stripped away to reveal the beauty of the materials and the quality of the construction.
During his lifetime, Kjærholm was honored with numerous awards, including two Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale, the Lunning Prize and numerous industrial design awards. In 2006, Kjærholm was the subject of a major retrospective at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. His work is included in the permanent collections of museums around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York where his furniture is also used throughout the galleries and other public areas.