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Poul Kjærholm: Timeless Minimalism

Chairs are among the most ubiquitous objects in our lives. Their forms seek a rational functionality in design, yet embody an almost sculptural and autonomous elegance. Chairs crafted in the last century by prominent architects and designers are timeless masterpieces that have continued to captivate enthusiasts and collectors alike in recent years.

This exhibition features one of the greatest furniture designers of 20th-century Denmark, Poul Kjærholm (1929–1980). Mid-century Scandinavian furniture is often characterized by warm wood tones. The works of Kjærholm in comparison stand out due to his preference for combining hard materials such as stone and metal, a choice that was unusual in his time. However, the rigid profiles never give off a cold impression; instead, they evoke a subtle tension in the space. Kjærholm’s timeless clean lines and minimalist beauty resonate with Japanese architecture, garnering continued support among Japanese enthusiasts.

The exhibition will showcase a collection primarily curated from the extensive research and chair collection of Professor Noritsugu Oda (Honorary Professor at Tokai University). It will be the first of its kind in Japan to exhibit Kjærholm’s most influential works. With the cooperation of Higashikawa Town in Hokkaido, home to the Oda Collection, it will introduce approximately 50 pieces of furniture and related documents. Kjærholm’s design philosophy and refined aesthetics of the furniture will be presented meticulously in an exhibition space designed by spirited architect, Tsuyoshi Tane (ATTA).

Dates

June 29th (Sat) - Sep. 16th (Mon), 2024

Venue

Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art
4th Floor, Panasonic Tokyo Shiodome Bldg, 1-5-1 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Hours

10:00 am - 6:00 pm (Open until 8:00 pm on Fridays of July 5, August 2, September 6, 13 and 14)
Admittance until 30 minutes before closing time.

Closed

Wednesdays (Except for September 11) and during August 13-16

Organizers

Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art, The Tokyo Shimbun

Support

Royal Danish Embassy, Minato City Board of Education

Special cooperation

Higashikawa Town in Hokkaido, Oda Collection Organization, Asahikawa Furniture Industry Cooperative

Grant

Union Foundation For Ergodesign Culture

Academic support

Noritsugu Oda (Honorary Professor at Tokai University)

Exhibition design

Tsuyoshi Tane (ATTA)

Cooperation

FRITZ HANSEN, Panasonic Housing Solutions Co., Ltd.

映像作品

Life at Oda’s Residence — 織田邸の暮らし

読みもの

織田憲嗣氏に聞く思い出のコレクション12

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Life at Oda’s Residence

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A collection of memories by Mr. Noritsugu Oda 12

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