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Sideboard with Tray Unit

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  • Description

    Like so much other furniture Finn Juhl designed a large working desk for his own house at Kratvænget in Charlottenlund, which was produced by Niels Vodder and later by Baker Furniture. Finn Juhl was preoccupied with shapes and colours during all of his life because of his great interest in cubist and surrealistic art. Finn Juhl was a pioneer with regards to including colour as an active element in space, furniture and textiles. This he did with a rare confidence so that his arrangements appear with great sensuality as a coherent whole – "Gesamtkunstwerk".

    The Sideboard with coloured sliding doors and trays was designed by Finn Juhl for BOVIRKE in 1955. It is part of a theme with cubist wood cabinets that float on delicate steel frames with wood "feet" and in particular the colours which Finn Juhl arranged throughout the 1950s and 60s. The colour elements reflected his fascination with Goethe's famous colour circle, which placed the colours in a harmonious cohesion. Finn Juhl's own house at Ordrupgaard in Copenhagen is a bright example of his use of colours.

  • Technical Info

    Dimensions: W: 45 x L: 180 x H: 90 cm

    Material: Hand-burnished steel frame with wooden feet. Doors: Yellow/white or blue/white. Tray unit: Red/yellow or blue/white.
    Available in walnut, teak, oak and Oregon pine.

  • 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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    • Blue/White
    • Yellow/White

    • Oak
    • Teak
    • Walnut

  • Delivery

    6-7 weeks
    Made to order item

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