Forms of Attraction Sean Kelly Gallery

PK 12 chair with hand braided brown leather armrest and stainless steel frame. Seat upholstered in brown leather. Originally designed by Poul Kjaerholm, 1964. Produced by Sean Kelly Gallery and R 20th Century, Denmark, 2007-2010. (Seat height: 17.5") 19" L x 25" W x 27" H.

Forms of Attraction Sean Kelly Gallery

PK 61 coffee table with frame in chromed steel and square top in flintrolled Cipollino marble. Designed by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1960s. 31.5" L x 31.5" W x 12.6" H.

Forms of Attraction Sean Kelly Gallery

Rare PK 56 round dining table with triangular chrome-plated steel frame and a flint-rolled light marble top. Designed by Poul Kjaerholm for E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1974. 25.2" H x 55.12" D.

Forms of Attraction Sean Kelly Gallery

Flat file in oregon pine with steel legs. Originally designed by Poul Kjaerholm for the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark, 1955. This example commissioned from Rud. Rasmussen Cabinetmakers, Copenhagen, in an edition of four circa 1986. Retains original paper label. 41.73" L x 29.53" W x 37.4" H.

Forms of Attraction Sean Kelly Gallery

One of a set of four chairs in jacaranda with curved back and upholstered black vinyl seat. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1960s. (seat 17" H) 19" L x 22" W x 28.5" H.

Forms of Attraction Sean Kelly Gallery

Sofa with jacaranda frame and upholstered seat and back. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro for a private commission in the Flamengo neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1950s. (seat: 15" H) 65" L x 25" W x 32" H.

Forms of Attraction Sean Kelly Gallery

Low Bedroom Chair in caviona with woven cane seat and back. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1950s. (seat: 15.75" H) 20.5" L x 21.75" W x 31" H.

Forms of Attraction Sean Kelly Gallery

Custom-made credenza in three separate sections, in caviona wood. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro for a private commission in the Flamengo neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1950s. (three sections, 49" L each) 147" L x 17.5" W x 35" H.

Forms of Attraction Sean Kelly Gallery

Iconic triangular table in jacaranda with ochre yellow underpainted glass top. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1960. 72" L x 72" W x 30" H.

Forms of Attraction Sean Kelly Gallery

Round coffee table in jacaranda with a green glass top. Custom made for an estate in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Acquired from the original owner. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro (1906-1992), Brazil, 1969. 11.5" H x 39" D.

Press Release

Sean Kelly announces Forms of Attraction: Kjærholm, Tenreiro and Selected Works. This exhibition includes iconic pieces by furniture designers Poul Kjærholm (Denmark) and Joaquim Tenreiro (Brazil) alongside works by significant modern and contemporary artists such as Edgar Degas, Los Carpinteros, Olafur Eliasson, Ellsworth Kelly, Iran do Espírito Santo, Donald Judd, Pietro Roccasalva, and Frank Thiel, amongst others.

This is the gallery’s third exhibition featuring Kjærholm and the first time that it has shown pieces by Tenreiro. Forms of Attraction... provides the viewer an opportunity to establish correlations between the two designers’ unique approaches to form and materials which, together with the carefully curated selection of fine art, creates a compelling dialogue between furniture, art and
installation.

This exhibition is co-presented with R & Company.

Forms of Attraction: Kjærholm, Tenreiro and Selected Works will run concurrently at Sean Kelly with Rebecca Horn: The Vertebrae Oracle.

About the designers:

Poul Kjærholm (1929-1980) was the final major figure to emerge from the Danish furniture tradition and one of the most profound furniture designers of the 20th century. Originally trained as a cabinetmaker, Kjærholm studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen, where he developed a vision of modern furniture that combined craft techniques with industrial production. After a series of experiments with molded materials, Kjærholm developed his mature method: treating steel construction with the delicacy and precision of traditional woodworking techniques. Kjærholm's aesthetic revolved around open modular structures in which ornament and historical references were stripped away to reveal the beauty of the materials and the quality of the construction.

Joaquim Tenreiro (1906-1992) was the pioneer of modernist Brazilian furniture making. A forerunner in the use of rediscovered raw materials as well as the creator of a new formal language in 20th century Brazilian furniture design, he drew on the lessons of past furniture making as a vital source, not only in the mastery of technical and constructive solutions, but also in the aesthetic experience, craftsmanship, and the cultural meaning of his production. His exquisitely crafted pieces evoke a refined coexistence of traditional values and modern aesthetics, strongly bound to the Brazilian cultural milieu.
 

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