Poul Kjærholm was trained as a carpenter and later completed his studies at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts. He developed an interest in various materials, particularly steel, which he considered a material with the same artistic sophistication as other natural materials. He works for Fritz Hansen for about a year, where he designs a series of noteworthy chair prototypes. In 1955 he established a collaboration with manufacturer Ejvind Kold Christensen, which lasted until his death in 1980. A few years later, in 1982, Fritz Hansen decided to take over the production and sale of "The Kjærholm Collection," a collection with an aura of exclusivity that was developed by the designer from 1951 to 1967.