Room by Room – the Kjaerholm PK80 Bench

This week, Room by Room with FormFire Glassworks takes a look at the PK80 bench by Poul Kjaerholm.

Designed by Kjaerholm in 1957, the PK80 bench distributed by Fritz Hansen is one of a line of sleek and minimal furniture pieces. With a stainless steel base that is visually separated from the slab upholstery top, this piece is light and trim, as comfortable in a sunroom as it is in a gallery or corporate setting. For use as both a bench and a daybed, its low height is a great way to add seating to a room without being visually distracting. Placed center stage or up against a wall, this is a piece that will stand the test of time.

It’s important to note that just because a piece of furniture is in steel and black leather doesn’t mean it requires either cold, austere surroundings or a color-infused bright pop-art type of accessory. A classic piece like this one works just as well with a pared-down monochromatic palette that derives its interest from the texture and tone of natural materials. Touches of a vintage French look in pillows and stone coasters tie in with the black leather without appearing harsh. Linen hangtags and a pieced table runner add a woven look while still echoing the bench’s clean, simple lines. A leather bin holds reading material on a side table for some alone time.

Next week I will choose a new iconic piece and give you my picks for accessorizing your modern home.

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Grinning from ear to ear to see my hangtags featured alongside such lovelies!! Thank you! 🙂

Tania Welch

These pillows are too cute…

Judith of Felicity Crew
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