Carl Hansen & Søn



The Student Desk PK52A and Professor Desk PK52, designed in 1955 for the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, changed the course of Poul Kjærholm's career.

Designed by Poul Kjærholm.


The desks lay the groundwork for Kjærholm's pioneering role in Danish design - and his reputation as one of the world's leading furniture designers.

Kjærholm drew on his experience in cabinetmaking and furniture design to develop a structure that showcased both his deep mastery of steel and wood and the seamless synthesis of traditional craftsmanship and industrial design that became his hallmark.

At once neutral and modern, the tables are highly versatile, serving as desks, dining tables or attractive worktables.

The Student Desk, serving as a smaller version of the Professor Desk, is available with Oregon pine or oak veneer tabletops with various surfaces, and with a reversible gray and black laminate tabletop.  The frame is produced in black or grey lacquered steel. Drawer is optional.

The designer


During his relatively short career as a furniture designer, Poul Kjærholm made his mark as one of the finest representatives of modernism. His work was deeply rooted in the Danish furniture tradition, but also inspired by some of the most prominent international designers.

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