Poul Kjaerholm went to Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts in graduated in 1952. He went on to teach there until 1956. His further academic career led him from lecturer at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1959 to head of the Institute of Design in 1973 and finally to professorship in 1976.
Kjærholm’s design is characterized by its understated elegance, clean lines and remarkable attention to detail. Although he always considered functionality an absolute requirement, this was always done with unwillingness to compromise as an artist.