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Poul Kjærholm: Timeless Minimalism

Price:
3,450 yen (JPY)
Edited by:
Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art with supervision by Noritsugu Oda
Language(s):
Japanese and English
Pages:
208
Binding:
softcover
ISBN:
978-4-86152-961-0 C0070

From a Japanese collection: masterpieces of unparalleled minimalism and beauty of form by “furniture architect” Poul Kjærholm.

There really is such a thing as the ultimate secret to design. Design is the art of mastering the essence and giving creative shape to its underlying intention. Herein may be found the legacy of furniture aesthetics and of creativity as mastered by Poul Kjærholm.

——Tsuyoshi Tane, architect

Poul Kjærholm (1929–1980) is counted among the giants of modern Scandinavian furniture design. While mid-twentieth-century Scandinavian furniture is typically associated with the warmth of wood, Kjærholm’s designs were marked by highly disciplined forms shaped from hard stone and metal; his works harmonize well with Japanese architecture, which perhaps explains why he is so well embraced by connoisseurs in the country.

This book presents the collection of one such enthusiast, Noritsugu Oda, who specializes in chairs. Some fifty masterpieces along with a wealth of valuable design drawings and archival photographs trace Kjærholm’s career from his beginnings under the noted furniture designer Hans J. Wegner to his death at the age of fifty-one.

“The chair must have a natural shape in keeping with the material and the tools used for it, so that it is constructively evident,” Kjærholm once wrote. “The chair must excite an aesthetical pleasure.” The works of this self-styled “furniture architect” exhibit a consummate minimalism and beauty, and this definitive volume distills the quintessence of his aesthetic sophistication and design philosophy.

Noritsugu Oda is a chair collector, professor emeritus of Tokai University, and culture and arts coordinator for the town of Higashikawa in Hokkaido. Born in 1946 in Kochi Prefecture, he graduated from the Osaka University of Arts and worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for the advertising section of the Takashimaya department-store chain before establishing his own design studio. In 1994 he became a professor at the Hokkaido Tokai University (later Tokai University) School of Art and Technology, where he taught until his retirement in 2015. Today he resides in a house in the woods of the town of Higashikagura in Hokkaido.

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