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Finn Juhl Furniture

When a Danish architect, interior, and industrial designer, integrates the mind, body, and studies at the renowned Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, you know those designs will be forever celebrated.

Turning his attention to interior and furniture design, Finn Juhl started from scratch without role models or inherited restrictions.

Juhl embraced the mindset of a sculptor when shaping furniture—fascinated by shapes that defy gravity and visual lightness. Juhl's furniture design inspiration started from his own body.

He would analyse the minute details, the chair components, how it carried the human body, the resistance of the material, and joinery.

He wanted each design element to flow effortlessly together as if the seated person was floating in the air.

Art was his primary source of inspiration when creating his furniture, combining two elements: to carry and be carried; he eventually became known for his exceptional ability to separate the bearing parts from the borne.

Despite his unconventional methods, he soon found popularity in a market hungry for modern designs from the Pelican Chair to the Eye Table and Chieftain Chair; he shaped a piece of furniture like never seen before.

A representative of the best Scandinavian design in America during the postwar period, Juhl's furniture is a Danish Modern legacy, with history inscribed into every surface.

Sculpted with elegance, discover his intimate antique vestige.

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Finn Juhl furniture designs Design and art come together harmoniously with Finn Juhl furniture designs.

Renowned for being the first designer to bring Danish Modern concepts to America. Juhl was born in Fredriksberg, Denmark, and studied architectural design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He spent a decade as an architect before turning his attention to interior and furniture design.

Like many of his modernist contemporaries, Juhl rejected design norms and ornate weight of traditional furniture designs, opting instead for a light, trend approach; he aimed for organic methods with natural form.

Juhl's inspiration began with his own body. He would analyse the minute details, the chair components, how it carried the human body, the resistance of the material, and supple joinery. He wanted each design element to flow effortlessly together as if the seated person was floating in the air; his design process put tremendous demands on the joiners who worked with him.

Despite his early efforts being criticised by critics, Juhl soon found popularity in a market ravenous for modern designs.

His early career flourished when he participated in the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers' Guild exhibitions, supporting design innovation through collaborations between young architects and traditional cabinetmakers. Working with some of the best, Juhl found great success in his partnership with craftsman Niels Vodder, and together they created several important works, such as the Pelican Chair and the Chieftain Chair.

The Chieftain Chair is one of his absolute masterpieces, representing the peak of his career as a furniture designer. It marked a revival of the Danish furniture design tradition. Today, it is seen as one of the most important pieces of the Danish Modern movement in the USA.

Designing furniture with the movement of strength, air, and life Juhl's mindset was of a sculptor; every piece of furniture was sculpted with elegance.

Supporting floating elements in some of his chair designs as if the seat and backrest are virtually invisibly joined is part of his life philosophy, one that seeks to nourish your mind, body, and soul through furniture that is good for you.

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