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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.

  1. FJ essence teapot

    FJ essence teapot

    By ArchitectMade

    £99.00
  2. Finn Juhl wooden bowl

    Finn Juhl wooden bowl

    By ArchitectMade

    £229.00
  3. Circle rug

    Circle rug

    By House of Finn Juhl

    From: £1,784.00
  4. Sideboard with Tray Unit

    Sideboard with Tray Unit

    By House of Finn Juhl

    From: £6,015.00
  5. Glove cabinet

    Glove cabinet

    By House of Finn Juhl

    £8,709.00
  6. FJ 64 Chair 01

    FJ 64 Chair

    By House of Finn Juhl

    £405.00
  7. 108 chair

    108 chair

    By House of Finn Juhl

    From: £1,193.00
  8. 109 chair

    109 chair

    By House of Finn Juhl

    From: £2,033.00
  9. France chair

    France chair

    By House of Finn Juhl

    From: £2,611.00
  10. Chieftain chair

    Chieftain chair

    By House of Finn Juhl

    £11,371.00
  11. Pelican armchair

    Pelican armchair

    By House of Finn Juhl

    From: £4,590.00
  12. 45 chair

    45 chair

    By House of Finn Juhl

    From: £6,996.00
  13. Pelican table

    Pelican table

    By House of Finn Juhl

    From: £1,424.00
  14. Table bench

    Table bench

    By House of Finn Juhl

    From: £1,977.00
  15. Tray table

    Tray table

    By House of Finn Juhl

    From: £796.00
  16. Eye table

    Eye table

    By House of Finn Juhl

    From: £2,143.00
  17. Cocktail table

    Cocktail table

    By House of Finn Juhl

    £3,921.00
  18. Turning tray

    Turning tray

    By ArchitectMade

    From: £115.00
  19. Chieftain sofa

    Chieftain sofa

    By House of Finn Juhl

    £18,194.00
  20. Baker sofa

    Baker sofa

    By House of Finn Juhl

    From: £11,346.00
  21. Poet sofa

    Poet sofa

    By House of Finn Juhl

    From: £6,957.00
  22. Chieftan Footstool 05

    Chieftan Footstool

    By House of Finn Juhl

    £2,079.00
  23. Kaufmann table

    Kaufmann table

    By House of Finn Juhl

    £9,383.00
  24. Nyhavn Desk

    Nyhavn Desk

    By House of Finn Juhl

    From: £2,884.00
  25. Finn Juhl clock

    Finn Juhl clock

    By ArchitectMade

    £649.00
  26. Japan Sofa 3 seater 07

    Japan Sofa 3 Seater

    By House of Finn Juhl

    From: £4,415.00
  27. Reading Chair Veneer 11

    Reading Chair Veneer

    By House of Finn Juhl

    £900.00
  28. 48 Chair

    48 Chair

    By House of Finn Juhl

    £4,218.00
  29. Japan Sofa 2 seater 06

    Japan Sofa 2 Seater

    By House of Finn Juhl

    From: £3,268.00
  30. Nyhavn Dining Table With 2 Leaves 22

    Nyhavn Dining Table With 2 Leaves

    By House of Finn Juhl

    £3,541.00
  31. Cocktail Bench 13

    Cocktail Bench

    By House of Finn Juhl

    £4,218.00