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Finn Juhl

Danish, 1912-1989

Along with Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen and Børge Mogensen, Finn Juhl was one of the great masters of mid-20th-century Danish design. Juhl was the first among that group to have his work promoted overseas, bringing the character of the nation’s furnishings — and the inherent principles of grace, craftsmanship and utility on which they were based — to an international audience. A stylistic maverick, Juhl embraced expressive, free-flowing shapes in chair and sofa designs much earlier than his colleagues, yet even his quietest pieces incorporate supple, curving forms that are at once elegant and ergonomic.

As a young man, Juhl hoped to become an art historian, but his father steered him into a more practical course of study in architecture. He began designing furniture in the late 1930s, a discipline in which, despite his education, Juhl was self-taught, and quite proud of the fact. His earliest works, designed in the late 1930s, are perhaps his most idiosyncratic. The influence of contemporary art is clear in Juhl's 1939 Pelican chair: an almost Surrealist take on the classic wing chair. Critics reviled the piece, however; one said it looked like a "tired walrus." Juhl had tempered his creativity by 1945, when the Danish furniture-making firm Niels Vodder began to issue his designs. Yet his now-classic NV 45 armchair still demonstrates panache, with a seat that floats above the chair’s teak frame.

Juhl first exhibited his work in the United States in 1950, championed by Edgar Kaufmann Jr., an influential design critic and scion of America’s most prominent family of modern architecture and design patrons. (Kaufmann’s father commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright’s design of the house “Fallingwater.”) Juhl quickly won a following for such signature designs as the supremely comfortable Chieftan lounge chair, the biomorphic Baker sofa, and the Judas table, a piece ornamented with stylish inlaid silver plaquettes.

As you will see from the offerings on 1stDibs, Finn Juhl’s furniture — as well as his lighting, ceramics, tableware and accessories — has an air of relaxed sophistication and elegance that is unique in the realm of mid-20th-century design.

Iconic Designs from Finn Juhl
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Finn Juhl Japan Chair
Finn Juhl Japan Chair
46 Sofa
46 Sofa
46 Armchair
46 Armchair
Finn Juhl Japan Three Seater Sofa
Finn Juhl Japan Three Seater Sofa
Rosewood "Diplomat" Desk by Finn Juhl
By Finn Juhl, France & Daverkosen
Located in VANCOUVER, CA
Rosewood Danish desk by Finn Juhl for France & Son, circa 1960's. The "Diplomat" desk provides an inviting and spacious surface for productivity. Beautiful grain patterns and sleek t...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Finn Juhl

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Metal

Rosewood "Diplomat" Desk by Finn Juhl
Rosewood "Diplomat" Desk by Finn Juhl
H 31.5 in W 67 in D 33.5 in
Finn Juhl Jupiter Chairs by France & Son, Model 218, 1965, Denmark
By Finn Juhl, France & Søn
Located in Delft, NL
Finn Juhl Jupiter chairs by France & Son, model 218, 1965 Denmark Designer Finn Juhl for France & Son, Denmark Jupiter chairs, Model 218, 1...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Finn Juhl

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Leather, Wood

Danish Armchair by Finn Juhl for France & Son
By Finn Juhl, France & Søn
Located in Brescia, IT
Armchair model FD 133 original vintage. This uniquely designed and elegant armchair was designed by Finn Juhl in the 1960s. The frame is solid teak wood and the upholstered cushions have the original vintage fabric...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Finn Juhl

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Teak

Danish Armchair by Finn Juhl for France & Son
Danish Armchair by Finn Juhl for France & Son
H 29.14 in W 27.96 in D 28.75 in
Finn Juhl "FD141" Teak Easy Chair, for France & Sons
By Finn Juhl, France & Søn
Located in VANCOUVER, CA
Teak Danish "FD141" easy chair by Finn Juhl for France & Sons, circa 1950's. Sculpted teak frame with beautiful, smooth joinery. Iconic lounger features an elegant floating seat, the...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Finn Juhl

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Wool, Teak

Finn Juhl '57' Sofa
By Finn Juhl, Onecollection
Located in Dronten, NL
Finn Juhl, sofa model '57', fabric upholstery, steel, teak, leather, Denmark, design 1957. An extraordinary sofa designed by Finn Juhl. The sofa was exhibited for the very first time...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Finn Juhl

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Stainless Steel

Finn Juhl '57' Sofa
Finn Juhl '57' Sofa
H 33.86 in W 92.52 in D 32.29 in
Danish Modern Upholstered Dining Chairs Model 191 By Finn Juhl
By Finn Juhl, France & Søn
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Set of four, Danish modern, model 191, upholstered dining chairs, designed by Danish designer Finn Juhl for France & Søn and retailed in the US by John Stuart features seats that app...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Finn Juhl

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Upholstery, Teak

Finn Juhl for France and Sons FD 951 Mid Century Rosewood Diplomat Desk
By Finn Juhl, France & Søn
Located in Countryside, IL
Finn Juhl for France and Sons FD 951 Mid Century Rosewood Diplomat Desk This desk measures: 75 wide x 37.5 deep x 28 high, with a chair clearance of 25.25 inches All pieces of furn...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Finn Juhl

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Metal

Danish Modern Early Finn Juhl Teak Table for France and Daverkosen, 1950s
By Finn Juhl, France & Daverkosen
Located in Belmont, MA
Danish modern early Finn Juhl teak table for France and Daverkosen. An early example of a classic design by the master - Finn Juhl, circa 1950s. N...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Finn Juhl

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Teak

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Finn Juhl Japan Chair
Finn Juhl Japan Chair
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$6,257
Number Available
7
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By Finn Juhl
Materials
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Styles
Scandinavian Modern, Mid Century Modern
In its distinctive embodiment of the East-meets-West dialogue represented in mid-century modern art and design, the Japan chair draws on the simple silhouette of the famed Itsukushima Shrine near Hiroshima, Japan. Designed by legendary Danish architect, interior designer and furniture maker Finn Juhl (1912–89) and produced by furniture manufacturer France & Søn, the chair belongs to a series that includes a two-seater sofa, a three-seater sofa and a footstool. Although he originally wante...
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46 Sofa
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Number Available
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46 Armchair
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Number Available
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Finn Juhl Japan Three Seater Sofa
Finn Juhl Japan Three Seater Sofa
Average Price
$9,972
Number Available
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Finn Juhl furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Finn Juhl furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Finn Juhl furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 311 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 765 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Finn Juhl were created in the modern style in europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Hans Olsen, Carl Hansen & Søn, and EOOS. Prices for Finn Juhl furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $142 and can go as high as $128,707, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $9,653.
Questions About Finn Juhl
  • 1stDibs ExpertJune 6, 2024
    Here are the dimensions of the Finn Juhl France chair: The frame is around 30 inches tall by 29 inches deep by 26.5 inches wide and the seat height is approximately 16 inches. Find a selection of Finn Juhl France chairs from some of the world's top sellers on 1stDibs.

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