Poul Kjaerholm

One of the grand masters of Danish Design, Poul Kjærholm trained as a carpenter before continuing his studies at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts. With a strong sense of the intrinsic potential of wood, Kjaerholm also had a particular interest in working with different natural materials, especially steel, which he considered to have the same artistic fineness as wood, leather, canvas, and glass.

In 1955 when he joined the academic staff of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts,  Kjærholm designed a table series for both professors and students, fusing his skills in both cabinet making and furniture design. With these designs, Kjaerholm established himself an early pioneer of mixing wood and steel, blending craftsmanship with industrial design to develop his signature style.