Thursday, May 20, 2010


Danish architect, interior and industrial designer Finn Juhl (1912 – 1989) is perhaps most remembered for his furniture design. He was a leading figure in the creation of "Danish design" in the 1940s as well as introducing Danish Modern to America. At the Milan Triennials in the 1950s he was awarded five gold medals and won international acclaim for his furniture. Juhl was not only an excellent furniture designer; he worked within all aspects of the architect’s profession. He gained international renown as an interior designer for his work on the Trusteeship Council Chamber at United Nations headquarters in New York. As an exhibition architect, he was the man behind the major showings of Danish applied art abroad which created the concept "Danish design" and paved the way for the Danish furniture industry’s export triumphs in the 1960s. Juhl designed a house for himself in the 40s, today known simply as Finn Juhl's House, and had it built for money inherited from his father. Over the years it was increasingly furnished with creations of his own design. After divorcing his first wife he thereafter lived in a common-law marriage with Hanne Wilhelm Hansen, a member of the family behind the Edition Wilhelm Hansen music publishing house. She survived him but after her death in May 2003 their home, which she had left unchanged after his death, was made into a historic house museum, today operated as part of the Ordrupgaard Art Museum whose premises it adjoins. Reissues of select designs are produced by One Collection out of Denmark. Vintage finds are sold through fine dealers and auction houses.

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Baker sofa, reissue by One Collection (top)
Chieftains chair, reissue by One Collection (2nd0
Pelikan chair, reissue by One Collection (3rd)
Tray table, reissue by One Collection (4th)
Rosewood cabinet w/aluminum pulls c1960s (bottom)

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