The PK80 Daybed was designed by Kjaerholm in 1957 and is widely considered as one of his most sophisticated works of this period. Its striking proportions, the elegance of its materials and construction, and the beauty of the large welted leather mattress all come together to produce an iconic work and one of Kjaerholm’s finest creations.
Drawing its inspiration from the Barcelona Couch designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1930, Kjaerholm radically simplified the design to barest of essence: first eliminating the bolster pillow, and then treating each piece of material as an independent object. The frame’s steel legs are separate from the horizontal beams that cantilever to support the plywood sheet beneath the foam mattress. On the mattress, the pattern of the welting divides the mattress into a rectangular grid. Kjaerholm even adjusted the distance between the welts in the center panels to ensure a consistent appearance.
Our reproduction of the PK80 matches the dimensions of the original design and incorporates virtually all of the construction techniques employed by Kjaerholm when designing this work. Using brushed-satin stainless for the legs and support, a thin sheet of MDF plywood painted black and sealed with a lacquer finish, using rubber O-rings to connect the plywood sheet to the leg frame, and also Velcro to keep the mattress in place (an improvement obviously not available to Kjaerholm).
Offered in over 15 colors of leather, this iconic piece worthy of museums is certainly one that would look fantastic in today’s modern setting
- Brushed-satin stainless steel frame
- Choice of brushed-satin or polished stainless steel base
- High Resilient Multi-Density Foam filled cushion
- Choice of Scandinavian Leather Colors
Overall: 74.5w x 32d x 13h
Interior: 74.5w x 32d
Seat Height: 13h
Requirements for Your Own Material:
Leather: 90 sq ft