Room by Room – the Kjaerholm PK91

By Modern Simplicity • Updated on 07/07/2021

This week, Room by Room with FormFire Glassworks takes a look at a simple classic piece, the Kjaerholm PK91 folding stool.

Designed by Poul Kjaerholm in 1961, the PK91 folding stool is an instant classic. With its simple form inspired by an ancient Egyptian folding stool, the minimalist piece combines simple lines and elegant materials with a twist. The bar-style frame of brushed stainless steel has been twisted to keep the basic cross form from being too straightforward while emphasizing the frame material, allowing the viewer to see both the narrow and thick parts of the metal at once. The basic sling seat is available from the Republic of Fritz Hansen in leather or canvas, and the folded portability of the stool makes it an easy piece to move from room to room.

The straightforward materials of this stunning stool were the inspiration for today’s handmade accessory picks. The grey of the frame is echoed by a studded linen pillow as well as a set of concrete and wood votive holders. A bamboo clock and linen towel with printed graphic add rounded shapes to the mix. An adjustable oak reading lamp celebrates its material while remaining practical and light.

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

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