as a hunt for an Eames
Lounge changed into a fascination with the work of an altogether
different designer: Finn Juhl. While looking for a lounge, I discovered
that I don't fit them (I'm too tall.) Given the prices the originals
fetch, I'd like to be able to sit in a chair as well as admire it
from across the room... So at a show, when we found a matching pair
of Finn Juhl's '45 chairs for the price of a single Eames lounge,
it was an easy choice. Now I can literally sit in a chair and enjoy
looking at it from across the room. Somehow, this has grown into
a group of 7 chairs, all by Finn Juhl, and shows no sign of stopping.
career accomplishments include:
Designed the Trusteeship
Council Chamber, U.N. Headquarters, New York, 1951 52.
Furniture ranges for Baker
Furniture, Inc., Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1951 55.
Furniture ranges for France & Daverkosen, Ørholm,
and France & Son, Hillerød, 1953-69.
Designed a store in Toronto for Georg Jensen, Inc., 1956.
Designed interior of DC-8 planes for SAS.
Denmark´s stand at the 11th. Triennial in Milan, 1957.
Awarded a gold medal.
"The Arts of Denmark" exhibition, The Metropolitan
Museum of Art, New York, 1960.
a pretty good book by Esbjørn Hiort entitled, "Finn
Juhl. Furniture - Architecture - Applied Art" you can find
your copy here.
learn more about Juhl and his work at
Dansk Møbel Kunst.
this new site: Finn Juhl.com
which is run by the folks who have the license to produce Finn Juhl's
designs. They currently produce two of Juhl's most forward looking
designs the "Pelican" chair and the Model '57 couch. See
their lovely site.
Somehow the folks at Niels
Roth Andersen are also producing Finn Juhl designs. I have had
the pleasure of examining a "Chieftain" produced by them
and they do great work. Ignore the picture of the Chieftain on their
home page. It is a hard to photograph chair.
thing... check out my Danish antiquarian book seller (which is a
fun phrase to drop into casual conversation) Peter