Architect Made PK 600 Nero Marquina Marble Bowl (Limited Edition) by Poul Kjærholm
Architect Made PK 600 Nero Marquina Marble Bowl (Limited Edition) by Poul Kjærholm
Designed by Poul Kjærholm
Item #: AM601
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  • Designer: Poul Kjærholm
  • Item #: AM601
  • Availability: Usually ships in 4-7 days.
  • Dimensions:
    12" H x 24" L x 24" W (30 cm H x 60 cm L x 60 cm W)
  • Material:
  • In 1963 Poul Kjærholm was asked to furnish a city hall in the Danish town of Fredericia and he decided to use the PK 600 as an oversized ashtray. The PK 600 still stands today as a sculptural nod to the timeless design aesthetic of the 1960s. Over the years it has gained the status of a fully satisfying, self-standing sculptural artifact.

    The PK 600 plays with the notion of geometrical shapes, which offset each other. On the whole, the bowl is a dominant cuboid shape with sharp, strong edges and it is made out of rough yet luxurious Nero Marquina marble. This material was selected especially, because it features soft and irregular strokes of white, which punctuate the deep gray of the rest of the surface.

    The inside of the PK 600 is another story. The soft and smooth polished marble contrasts with the rough outside and all light reflected in it is soft and subdued.

    The inner part of the bowl is semi-spherical and is integrated into the cuboid with a circular 5mm edge that eases the shape into the soft smoothness from the rough outside.

    The bowl is an exercise in demonstrating that an object with simple shapes that counterbalance each other can be more sophisticated compared to overtly ornate ones.
    Poul KjærholmPoul Kjærholm (1929 - 1980) designed modern functionalist furniture that was praised for its understated elegance and clean lines. He studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen where he would later teach from 1952-56. In 1976 he was appointed Professor of furniture design at Copenhagen's Royal Academy, a position he held up until his death in 1980.

    Over all these years he designed dozens of chairs, long chairs, and tables that became landmarks for Danish furniture design, but his design efforts spread much wider, as exemplified with the granite PK-Bowl.

    The goal of "making form a part of function" was expressed uncompromisingly in all of Kjærholms work. It was a process of purification, a catharsis, in which all superfluities were peeled away and the pure utilitarian form emerged so clearly that it became a type not confined in time.

    Kjærholm was uncompromising in his insistence on structural clarity and technical quality. However, his personal concern for everyday use did much to popularize the austere functionalist style with which he is associated. His furniture is like an elegantly written character that gives the room in which it stands solidity and calm.

    His works are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the V&A Museum in London and other museum collections in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Germany. He won numerous awards in industrial and graphic design, including two Grand Prix at the La Triennale di Milano (1957 & 1960), the ID Award, and the legendary Lunning Award.

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