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Chieftains sofa

By Onecollection

£17,164.00

  • Description

    The Chieftains Chair is one of Finn Juhl's absolute masterpieces designed at the peak of his career. When it was presented in 1949, the Chieftain Chair marked a renewal of Danish furniture design. Finn Juhl picked up vital inspiration from the contemporary art scene of the time as well as art and tools from ancient cultures.
    His masterpieces from the 1940's and especially The Chieftains Chair became of decisive importance for the breakthrough of Danish Modern in the USA in the 50's. Therefore Finn Juhl is often called The Father of Danish Design.

    Together with the famous big chair Finn Juhl also designed a Double Chieftain or a Chieftains Sofa, which he and cabinetmaker Niels Vodder originally presented at the Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition in 1949. While the Chieftains Chair subsequently came into production, the Chieftains Sofa was only produced in this single known example. At Design Museum Danmark in Copenhagen where the Guild Exhibitions took place at the time, this particular sofa is still a part of the permanent exhibition of Modern Danish Furniture. Onecollection is proud to re-launch this fantastic and rare piece in an exquisite quality in walnut, teak and ox hide.

    The Danish Design Award Classics 2012 went to Finn Juhl's Chieftains Chair.

  • Technical Info

    Dimensions: W: 148 x D: 88 x H: 92.5 cm
    Leather Nevada
    Code: FJ4900

  • Designer
    Finn Juhl

    Finn Juhl (1912-1989) was the first Danish furniture designer to be recognized internationally. He studied architecture at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen with Danish architect Vilhelm Lauritzen, but as a furniture designer he was self-taught, a fact he always emphasized.

    Juhl began designing furniture in the late 1930s, in the beginning mostly pieces intended for himself, but after setting up his own office in 1945 he soon became known for his unusual, expressive and sculptural pieces. He initiated a collaboration with master cabinetmaker Niels Vodder, and caused a stir at the annual Cabinetmaker's Exhibition with designs clearly influenced by modern, abstract art. Compared to his contemporaries, Juhl placed more emphasis on form and less on function, a serious break with the tradition of the Klint School.

    Finn Juhl's first American assignment came in 1951 when he was asked to design the interior of the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the UN headquarters in New York. An overwhelming task for a young architect, but Juhl gained much praise for his result. This first experience in America and the contacts made proved valuable for many Danish architects, as it paved the way for "Danish Modern" to become internationally known and valued.

    One of Finn Juhl's most well-known pieces is the Chieftains Chair. Designed in 1949, it is a fine example of Juhl's great idea of separating the sculpturally shaped seat and back from the wooden frame. The same principle is evident in the 45 Chair, designed in 1945. Here, emphasis is laid on the elegantly shaped armrests.

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  • Delivery

    6-7 weeks
    Made to order item

£17,164.00
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