Poul Kjærholm - Design Evening Sale New York Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Jens Nielsen & Olivia Holm-Møller Museet, Holstebro

  • Literature

    Christoffer Harlang, Keld Helmer-Petersen and Krestine Kjærholm, eds., Poul Kjærholm, Copenhagen, 2001, p. 178
    Thomas Bo Jensen, Exner, Copenhagen, 2012, illustrated p. 206
    Michael Sheridan, The Furniture of Poul Kjærholm: Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 2007, pp. 106-7

  • Catalogue Essay

    Poul Kjærholm designed the PK 80A daybed in 1957 as a continuation of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lily Reich’s daybed design of 1930. He stripped the form of its historical references and bolster pillow, and engineered the design so that the upholstered platform would appear to float above its frame and supports. The model was put into production by E. Kold Christensen the same year of its design, and remained so until 1981. The present lot is an early example, produced between 1969 and 1971 for the Jens Nielsen & Olivia Holm-Møller Museet (at its founding named the Jens Nielsen Museum), the collection of which is now a part of the Holstebro Kunstmuseum. This iconic model was purchased for use by a number of public Danish institutions, and in 2004 The Museum of Modern Art in New York ordered a variant of the PK 80A daybed for its galleries.


Rare daybed, model no. PK 80A

designed 1957, produced 1969-1971
Matte chromium-plated steel, leather, painted plywood, rubber.
13 7/8 x 55 7/8 x 55 7/8 in. (35.2 x 141.9 x 141.9 cm)
Manufactured by E. Kold Christensen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

$150,000 - 200,000 

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Design Evening Sale

New York Auction 13 December 2016