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Professor desk, 1955

Designed by Poul Kjaerholm
Manufactured by Carl Hansen & Son
Product code: CHS-PK52


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Professor desk by Poul Kjaerholm for Carl Hansen

Poul Kjaerholm designed the Student desk and Professor desk in 1955 for the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. The two desks are very important in Poul Kjaerholm's career and mark the start of Kjaerholm's reputation as one of the world's leading furniture designers. 

Clearly visible in the designs are Kjaerholm's great understanding of steel and wood and the marriage of traditional craftsmanship and industrial design that became his hallmark. The Student desk and Professor desk are very versatile and can be used as desks, dining tables or work tables. 

Reversible table top in oak (clear lacquered, oiled, white oiled or painted black) and Oregon pine (clear lacquered or oiled). Also available laminated in black on one side, grey on the other, and with black edges.

Table base in steel powder-coated in black or grey. Optional drawer module also available in oak only (clear lacquered, oiled, white oiled or painted black). Table top is always reversible, with or without drawer module.

Please see pdf in 'Product downloads' to see the different wood finishes and how to care for them. Material samples also available to view at our shop or showroom. 

Available in two sizes - the Student desk is a smaller version of the Professor desk. 

186.5w x 85d x 72cmh 

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Professor desk


Carl Hansen wood finishes

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Carl Hansen maintenance

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Made-to-order: 11-13 weeks

Furniture orders over £1500 free for Mainland UK.

Non-Mainland UK and International options available in basket

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