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, 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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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