House of Finn Juhl

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You might have seen great interior pieces from House of Finn Juhl before. Finn Juhl designed furniture with the human body in mind and stood out from his midcentury architect peers in Denmark as well as the rest of Scandinavia. Rather than thinking in terms of practical construction, Finn Juhl had the mindset of a sculptor, when he shaped a piece of furniture (Design meubelen).

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With this approach he created pieces like the Pelican Fauteuil, the Poet sofa, the Chieftain Chair and the 45 Chair which today have become icons of the Danish Modern design tradition. When relaunching iconic Finn Juhl furniture they had to put themselves into his mindset and aim his understanding of the design philosophy. It is all about feeling. One cannot make his furniture just by having the technical and commercial approach. You have to be extremely critical of what you do, because there is no bottom line when it comes to Finn Juhl. This is why House of Finn Juhl use high quality materials, mainly from natural origin and manufacture the furniture at our own wood – and upholstery workshop in Denmark and with our partner in Japan.

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Finn Juhl’s partnership with the furniture manufacturer France & Son gave birth to a series of furniture well-suited for industrial production, while staying true to the ideals of simple designs that reigned in the 1950s. The most famous example of this cooperation is probably the Japan Series from 1957, which consists of an armchair, a footstool, a two-seater sofa and a three-seater sofa. The sublime simplicity of the Japan series is a far cry from his earlier furniture designs and is inspired by traditional Japanese building techniques. The solid horizontal backrest, resting on the slightly tapered legs, is a reference to a Japanese temple door. The backrest ends in a circular recess, adding an optically refined impression with great effect. That was very typical of Finn Juhl, who famously said that deviation is in the detail.

japan-sofa-sfeer-15_2Even with this simple construction, Finn Juhl is true to his idea of emphasizing the difference between the carried and the carrying elements by separating the backrest from the bearing frame with brackets in brass. The Japan Series is produced in oak or walnut with handsewn upholstery in fabric.

Today the unique Finn Juhl collection consists of more than 40 classic masterpieces!

 

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