Finn Juhl

b. Frederiksberg 1912, d. Ordrup 1989

Sculptural Shapes

Finn Juhl was originally trained as an architect, but it was furniture and interior design that became his profession. In collaboration with his regular professional partner, master cabinetmaker Niels Vodder, Juhl created some of Danish design history's most iconic furniture pieces, which today have become expensive collectibles and treasured museum pieces.

Juhl differed from many of his contemporary furniture designers in his opposition to an overly narrow understanding of contemporary ideas about functionality: “Functionalism is an idiotic word that merely alludes to certain geometric surfaces and lines. It does not cover the modern pursuit of the right shape.” For Finn Juhl, the functionality could not stand on its own, and the excellent craftsmanship and sculptural shapes became guidelines in his work.

With a distinctively open approach to his design, Finn Juhl turned his attention to modern art. He helped renew Danish furniture design and was among the first Danish furniture architects to achieve international recognition. Among the architect's most famous classics are the Chieftain Chair, the Poet Sofa, the Pelican Chair and the FJ 45 Chair.

Finn Juhl: "The Dream Table". Made to order 1945 by cabinetmaker Niels Vodder. Hammer price: DKK 580,000.