Finn Juhl 1912 – 1989

Finn Juhl

Finn Juhl is considered the first Danish furniture designer to be recognized internationally. He trained as an architect at The Royal Academy in Copenhagen from 1930-34 – but always maintained that he was self taught as a furniture designer. His work is known for its bold, organic and in many cases sculptural appearance and characterised by his unique understanding of the inherent qualities of the materials he worked with.

Chieftan chair by Finn Juhl
Baker sofa by Finn Juhl
Poeten sofa by Finn Juhl

His successful collaboration with master cabinetmaker Niels Vodder, resulted in groundbreaking methods for creating teak furniture and Juhl took a clear favour of form over function, which was a considerable break from the norm at the time.

45 chair by Finn Juhl
Pelican chair by Finn Juhl

Finn Juhl’s first American job to design the interiors of the trusteeship Council Chamber at the UN headquarters in New York in 1951 gained him much praise – it paved the way for other Danish designers and ultimately for the notion of Danish Modern to become internationally known and valued.