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By House of Finn Juhl


  • Description

    Finn Juhl experienced an international breakthrough in the USA during the early 1950s. He subsequently designed a whole range of furniture with simple metal pipe frames, inspired by the American designers he had come across.

    The Table Bench was part of this line and was featured as part of the large-scale exhibition called Design in Scandinavia that travelled across North America, curated by Finn Juhl himself. The exhibition opened in 22 cities between 1954 and 1957 and was attended by approximately 650,000 visitors.

    As a result of this exposure and because of its light, elegant and timeless design, the Table Bench has always been a popular piece that has achieved extremely high prices at auctions worldwide.

  • Technical Info

    Oak, walnut, teak or teak veneer/black linoleum with or without brass edges.

    Small: L 112cm x W 45cm x H 39cm
    Medium: L 170cm x W 45cm x H 39cm
    Large: L 225cm x W 45cm x H 39cm

  • 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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    • Oak
    • Teak
    • Teak veneer/Black linoleum
    • Walnut

  • Delivery

    6-7 weeks
    Made to order item

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