Architect as well a designer, Poul Kjærholm apprenticed as a joiner, attended the School of Arts, Crafts and Design in Copenhagen; 1942-1952, and , while beginning his career as a designer and teacher, continued his studies at the furniture school of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts; 1953-1959.
Virtually all his furniture was created for mass production, principally for E. Kold Christensen in Copenhagen beginning in 1955. The simplicity of intent and structural honesty of his work connect him with the International Style, although it presents a fresh interpretation of that tradition. The extensive series of chairs, sofas and tables he designed over a twenty-fiveyear period favored steel structure, but with natural upholstery-leather, cane, canvas; as early as 1953, however, he had experimented with more innovative materials, including colored cast aluminium, steel wire, and poured concrete. Kjærholm was awared the Lunnung Price in 1958, and a grand price and gold medal at, respectively, Milan’s XI Triennale in 1957 and XII Triennale in 1960.