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PK20

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The PK20 is everything a lounge chair should be: It is as comfortable as it is stylish, and its sleek form renders it a versatile addition to almost any room. The chair’s gently curved, high-back leather-covered seat rests on a flexible, matte chromed spring steel frame. Designed by Danish furniture maker Poul Kjærholm (1929–80) for E. Kold Christensen in 1968, the PK20’s clean lines represent the ideals of minimalist modern furniture, while its adjustable headrest and scoop seat plainly signal that this piece was built for comfort.


Although the Østervrå-born Kjærholm was trained as a cabinetmaker, he admired the enduring nature of metal and enjoyed working with lightweight steel over the traditional woods that his peers preferred. Indeed, Kjærholm’s acclaimed designs are distinct from those of his Danish contemporaries such as Hans Wegner. He lauded steel for its “constructive potential” and recognized its “artistic merit,” while a rich balance emerged in his furniture’s modest melds of the alloy and natural materials like halyard rope or wicker. Similar to his well-known PK22 chair, the exposed metalwork of Kjærholm’s sculptural PK20 is tempered by the inviting organic warmth of the seat’s leather upholstery. 


For decades, Kjærholm designed numerous celebrated chairs, tables and more, and Danish manufacturer Fritz Hansen acquired the rights to the complete collection of his work in 2014. A milestone of material innovation in modern Danish furniture design, the PK20 lounge chair is part of the permanent collection at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and is available today in leather upholstery as well as in a pale gold wicker version.


Poul Kjaerholm Pk 20

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Set of PK20 Chairs and PK91 Footstool by Poul Kjaerholm
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of high back PK20 lounge chair and a low back PK20 lounge chair and PK91 folding footstool. Chromed metal and sienna brown leather. Stamped for Poul Kjaerholm; Further stamped: D...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues

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Chrome

Poul Kjaerholm PK 20 Lounge Chair Red Orange Leather
By Fritz Hansen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Beautiful chair, leather has a great patina and some normal wear. Steel base has some wear, please see pictures. Made by Fritz Hansen.
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Early 2000s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Pair of Poul Kjærholm PK 20 Lounge Chair for E.Kold Christensen, 1960s
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Amsterdam, NL
PK 20 is a laidback and elegant lounge chair, built upon a flexible matte chromed spring steel frame. The beautiful curve of the legs and the floating frame distinguish this chair. ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Vintage Poul Kjærholm PK20 Lounge Chair, Denmark, circa 1960
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Nashville, TN
Vintage Poul Kjærholm PK20 lounge chair, Denmark, circa 1960. Designed by Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen in stainless steel and patinated black leather.
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Vintage 1960s European Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Poul Kjærholm Early PK20 Lounge Chair in Patinated Black Leather
By E. Kold Christensen, Poul Kjærholm
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen, Lounge chair PK20, in stainless steel and leather, Denmark, 1967. Cantilevered easy chair designed by Poul Kjærholm for E. Kold Christensen. T...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

PK20 Easy Chair by Poul Kjaerholm
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Sagaponack, NY
Sculptural Scandinavian Modern PK20 lounge chair designed by Poul Kjærholm. This early PK20 lounge chair features a high-back scoop seat with perfectly patinated channeled leather up...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Pair of PK20 Lounge Chairs by Poul Kjærholm in Black Leather, 1980s
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Santa Fe, NM
A pair of black leather and chrome PK20 lounge chairs by Poul Kjærholm, Denmark. Designed in 1968, these examples manufactured by Fritz Hansen, 1980s.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

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