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PK0 A - Fritz Hansen


The PK0 A chair, designed in 1952 by Poul Kjærholm, is one of his rare wooden designs. Best known for his steel creations, the Danish designer designed this small lounge chair at the beginning of his career, having just taken over his position at Fritz Hansen. PK0 A is the first chair designed by Kjærholm for the brand.

Kjærholm said of the PK0's design: “It's an experiment. But in reality it is absolutely constrained by the possibilities and limitations of wood.”
The PK0 A™ chair highlights Poul Kjærholm's talent as a furniture designer, the curved chair is a functional sculpture, an important piece of design history. modern. Designed and made to last, it is a visionary lounge chair that stimulates curiosity, attracts the eye with its sweeping curves. A tribute to Kjærholm's attentive eye for aesthetics and the use of materials, perfect alone or inserted into a living room.

The PK0 A seat stands out in the history of modern design. Poul Kjærholm in the early 1950s challenges our idea of designing a chair. Two plastic elements in laminated wood, each with its own sculptural shape, joined under the seat by two rubber "shock absorber" spacer discs, for a comfortable seat, without a defined base or structure. His design is still a source of inspiration for ever-present aesthetics, functionality and beauty.

Atypical for the designer's style, PK0 A was inspired by the shapes of the sculptures of Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Jean Arp, as well as 1950s Japanese and American styles.

Only about 600 copies circulated before Fritz Hansen reissued it to mark his 150th anniversary. PK0 A™ is an icon of modernist design.

Poul Kjærholm, a qualified cabinetmaker, completed his studies at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts, where he cultivated a keen interest in building materials; especially steel, which he considered worthy of the artistic respect commonly attributed to wood.
Poul Kjærholm began a collaboration with furniture maker Ejvind Kold Christensen in 1955. That collaboration and friendship continued for the rest of Kjærholm's life with the two families always remaining close.

In the image and video PK0 A with the PK60 coffee table, designed simultaneously by Kjærholm in 1952.

Height 66 cm
Width 66 cm
Depth 63 cm
Weight 7.3 kg