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"PK-91" Folding Stool

Poul Kjaerholm (Danish, 1929–1980)
Stainless steel, canvas
16 x 22 7/8 x 17 3/4 in. (40.6 x 58.1 x 45.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Susan Dwight Bliss, by exchange, 2001
Accession Number:
Not on view
The design for folding X-form stools has changed little since antiquity. The first examples appeared in ancient Egypt, and the form was later adapted by the Greeks and Romans. Twentieth-century versions remain more or less the same, despite the advent of new materials and aesthetic preferences. Here, Kjaerholm's training as a cabinetmaker consciously links this metal stool with the wooden ones of the past: the ribbonlike twisted steel strips that form the base are unexpectedly joined with dovetails at the corners-a traditional technique usually reserved for woodworking.
Marking: Stamped (under seat clip on top of base frame): [designer's mark] / DENMARK
(sale, Christie's, South Kensington, September 6, 2000, no. 193, sold to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Significant Objects," November 26, 2002–May 2, 2004, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classic/Fantastic: Selections from the Modern Design Collection," December 21, 2007–April 5, 2009, no catalogue.

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