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Finn Juhl

  • Hail to the Chief!

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    A showstopper in every way, the Chieftain Chair, designed by Finn Juhl in 1949, is undoubtedly the most iconic and expressive piece from the designer.   A departure from the strict functionalism that dominated Danish furniture at the time, the Chieftain placed form above all, taking cues from art, customs, and weaponry.  In 1949, it was truly modern.

    Dubbed "the big chair" by Juhl himself, at a meter wide, this is a piece to be reckoned with.

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    Today, the Chieftain has been credited as one of the most important exponents of the Danish Modern movement in the US during the 1950s. For this reason, Finn Juhl is often considered to be the Grand Poobah of Danish Modern.  Seventy years later, while the sought-after originals fetch a handsome auction bid, the Chieftain chair is now made-to-order by the House of Finn Juhl, a design collective with exclusive rights to manufacture and produce forty of Juhl's classics.

    While some may balk at the hefty price tag on a Chieftain, a chair this exacting and complex takes a considerable amount of labour, highly-skilled craftspeople, and the highest quality materials.  Appreciating the combination of history, art, and craft that the chair represents it is no wonder that to this day it brings an unparalleled presence to any space it inhabits.

    Fit for kings and chieftains, but well-suited to anyone who can identify with the mounting pressures of ruling a village...

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  • Millennial pink - the colour that is so now!

    So there is a new colour out there that designers are using on everything from fashion to home furnishings. Millennial pink, or Tumblr pink, as it is also known, represents a kind of ironic prettiness, or post-prettiness. It’s sort of a grapefruit shade of apricotty salmon. So let's embrace this timeless, but very now, colour.

    Almost no other animal enjoys such popularity as the elephant. Admired for its majestic size and loved for its proverbial good-humour, it is part of our everyday experience as a child’s cuddly toy, a storybook character and a majestic creature. Charles and Ray Eames also succumbed to their charms and in 1945 designed a toy elephant made of plywood. However, it never made it into mass production. The Eames elephant is now available for the first time in a plastic version for those it was originally intended for: children. Whether as a toy (also for outdoor use) or as an item for children’s bedrooms, this friendly-looking animal with its distinctive, huge floppy ears should make the heart of many a child (and parent) beat just that little bit faster. Charles and Ray Eames recognized the charms of elephants and in 1945 designed a toy elephant made of plywood. However, it never made it into mass production. The Eames Elephant is now available in a plastic version for those it was originally intended for: children. Whether as a toy (also for outdoor use) or as an item for children’s' bedrooms, this friendly-looking animal with its distinctive, huge floppy ears should make the heart of many a child (and parent) beat just that little bit faster.

     

    So where did this new pink come from? Some say it was Wes Anderson’s 2014 movie The Grand Budapest Hotel, which embodies a kind of retro-kitsch and is centred on a hotel painted several kinds of pink. Others say it was the "rose gold" iPhone in 2015. Pantone, the international authority on colour and colour systems named Rose Quartz as its colour of the year for 2016.

     

    Vitra embraced Millennial pink in a big way, Vitra embraced Millennial pink in a big way. The Vitra Alcove Collection of sofas, chairs and ottomans  are awash in this craze, plus it goes beautifully with black, grey, white and just about all other colours.

    IMG_1109 This grouping of Vitra furnishings was spotted at the Vitra Design Museum recently. Its all very Alice in Wonderland-y!

    The Fritz Hansen Drop Chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958, and has now been relaunched. Looking very fresh and vibrant in Millennial pink, but also available in a wide range of highly curated other colours and fabrics! The Fritz Hansen Drop Chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958, and has now been relaunched. Looking very fresh and vibrant in Millennial pink, but also available in a wide range of highly curated other colours and fabrics!

     

    Pink is the most gender-loaded of all colours, interlaced with femininity in everything from toy-store branding to the pink pussy hats of the recent women's marches. This modern pink is complicated. There are even anti-pink campaigns targeting the role of pink-saturated marketing to young girls. But a new generation of culturally aware young people are taking a different approach to the same problem, subverting or reclaiming pink as their own, hence the name Millennial pink.

     

    Sometimes just a hint of pink is enough for a piece to really stand out. The Vitra Kast Modular Storage, designed by Maarten Van Severen, Van Severen paid special attention to the colour for the sliding doors, which not only emphasise Kast’s elegant and yet seemingly classical proportions, but also give it a fresh and optimistic sense. Sometimes just a hint of pink is enough for a piece to really stand out. The Vitra Kast Modular Storage, designed by Maarten Van Severen, who paid special attention to the colour for the sliding doors, which not only emphasized Kast’s elegant and yet seemingly classical proportions, but also gives it a fresh and optimistic sense.

     

    If you find Millennial pink just not quite to your taste you can always go in another direction.

    Just imagine that Finn Juhl designed his Pelican Chair in 1940. With graceful curves that befriend the body and wrap the sitter in its embrace, the Pelican is true to Juhl’s idea that “a chair is not just a product of decorative art in a space, it is a form and a space in itself.” Just imagine that Finn Juhl designed his Pelican Chair in 1940. With graceful curves the Pelican is true to Juhl’s idea that “a chair is not just a product of decorative art in a space, it is a form and a space in itself.” The influence of contemporary sculpture is clear and Finn Juhl was a pioneering force in his own country and credited with introducing Danish modern to mid-century America. He certainly seemed to have loved pink, in all its shades.

    So if you are confused about what exactly this new pink looks like here is a swatch but I think you can stretch this colour in lots of directions, so let's see where it takes you. So if you are confused about what exactly this new Millennial pink or Tumblr pink looks like here is a swatch but I think you can stretch this colour idea in lots of directions, so let's see where it takes you.

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  • Finn Juhl – a Danish icon is re-launched by Onecollection

    copy_1_9 When you look at the graceful shapes and sensual curves of Finn Juhl's work, you may be shocked to realize that he designed these pieces 60 to 70 years ago.

     

    In 2000 Onecollection acquired the exclusive rights to produce Finn Juhl’s iconic furniture from the 1940s and 50s. Since then, the company has re-launched a comprehensive range of Juhl’s designs.

    Finn Juhl, born in Denmark in 1912, was a pioneering force in his own country. Finn Juhl is credited along with fellow Danes Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, and Poul Kjaerholm for introducing Danish modern design to mid-century America.

     

    Finn Juhl (1912-1989) was born in Denmark Finn Juhl (1912-1989) was born in Denmark, and considered himself an architect of the interior as well as the exterior.

     

    He began designing furniture like the 1941 Poet Sofa for use in his own home, north of Copenhagen. Juhl felt that furniture, handicraft and art should create a completeness of the house, which in his case was decorated with works of the Danish painters of the time.

     

    pelican-table_3 The Finn Juhl Poet Sofa, seen here with the Pelican Coffee Table, designed in 1940, was inspired by ”free art”. Today this sofa represents a part of Danish cultural history. The Poet Sofa is made to the finest manufacturing standards with hand-sewn upholstery and its legs come in several different wood finishes.

     

    In 1937, Juhl began collaborating with master cabinetmaker Niels Vodder, and the pair were the buzz of the 1945 Cabinetmakers' Guild exhibition with their expressive, sculptural pieces.

     

    fj-4500 The Model 45 Armchair, broke from tradition by freeing the upholstered areas from the wood frame. The result was an easy, elegant and tantalizing expression that came to characterize Finn Juhl and make him a world famous designer.

     

    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. Finn Juhl was preoccupied with shapes and colours during his life because of his great interest in cubist and surrealistic art. The Finn Juhl Sideboard with coloured sliding doors and trays was designed in 1955. It is part of a series of cubist wood cabinets that float on delicate steel frames with wood “feet”.

     

    Juhl made his American debut in 1951, at the "Good Design" exhibit in Chicago and at MoMA in New York, and he represented Denmark in creating the interior of a meeting hall at the United Nations Headquarters. In 2013, Onecollection manufactured all new furniture for the Finn Juhl Chamber at the UN Headquarters in New York.

     

    In 1963, Finn Juhl designed a series of lamps that were only in production for seven years and is nowadays both rare and coveted as second-hand models. In 1963, Finn Juhl designed a series of lamps that were only in production for seven years and are nowadays both rare and coveted as collectibles. They are now back in production at Onecollection, in the original combination of two shades of gray. Available as a wall lamp, a table light and a pendant light.

     

    fj-5100_5 Finn Juhl is still winning awards decades after his death in 1989. The 2010 Wallpaper Design Award was awarded to the 1951 Baker Sofa in the category of Best Reissue.

     

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