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#6 – Poul Kjaerholm: The Final Figure of Danish Furniture Design

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On September 28th

Poul Kjaerholm sketch of chairs, courtesy of Flicker user plindberg


Poul Kjaerholm, born in Denmark in 1929, was a trained carpenter and cabinet maker. He studied at the Danish School of Arts & Crafts, with a particular interest in various construction materials. He seemed to have an affinity for the use of steel, which he considered to be a “natural material”.

Kjaerholm was one of the final…

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#5 – Arne Jacobsen: Danish Influenced Modern Furniture

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On September 14th

Jacobsen Swan Chairs in Wales, photo courtesy of Flicker user artq55


Arne Jacobsen was a Danish architect and designer, born in 1902. His appreciation for the clean, simplistic elegance of the modern design furniture movement was evident from the start. As a child, He was raised in a Victorian style, lavishly decorated home, and the wallpaper in his bedroom was patterned with various colors. As a child, Jacobsen made the decision to paint over all of the wallpaper so that the entire room was pure white.

Jacobsen exemplified the “Danish Modern” style. He was one of Denmark’s most influential 20th century architects and designers. His buildings and furniture designs both illustrated a combination of…

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