Poul Kjærholm - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Thursday, July 9, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Description

    A Century of Modern Design: the Collection of Kai-Yin Lo
    Hong Kong-based collector Kai-Yin Lo amassed an extraordinary collection that reflects inspiration, innovation and scholarship. The collection of modern and contemporary design is global in its scope and vast in its chronological sweep.


  • Provenance

    Klassik, Copenhagen
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2014

  • Literature

    Frederik Sieck, Contemporary Danish Furniture Design – a short illustrated review, Copenhagen, 1990, front cover, p. 151
    Christoffer Harlang, Keld Helmer-Petersen and Krestine Kjærholm, eds., Poul Kjærholm, Copenhagen, 1999, pp. 136, 183
    Michael Sheridan, The Furniture of Poul Kjærholm: Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 2007, pp. 206-07

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Danish designer Poul Kjaerholm became interested in constructing a bentwood armchair in the early 1960s, but he became discouraged by the difficulty of such a task. He did not pick up the project again until 1979 when he finally executed the PK 15 armchair. This was still not an easy task, as he initially struggled to bend the wood without breaking it. He did, however, find several solutions such as turning the wooden legs on a lathe so that they would taper at the area in which the armrest and leg meet. The Danish joinery workshop PP Møbler further developed Kjaerholm’s construction method, and beginning in 1990, they produced approximately 300 chairs. The present lot belongs to this line of production. Kjaerholm’s designs have been internationally recognised and are the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Vitra Museum in Germany, among other museum collections.

Eternal Form - A Century of Modern and Contemporary Design


Pair of armchairs, model no. PK 15

designed 1979, executed circa 1991
lacquered wood, leather
Each: 70 x 58 x 45 cm. (27 1/2 x 22 7/8 x 17 3/4 in.)
Manufactured by PP Møbler, Denmark. Underside of each with metal label impressed PP MØBLER : DENMARK/DESIGN: PROF. ARC. POUL KJÆRHOLM. Designed 1979, executed circa 1991.

HK$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for HK$21,250

Contact Specialist
Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 9 July 2020