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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.

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46 Sofa
46 Sofa
46 Armchair
46 Armchair
Japan Three-Seater Sofa
Japan Three-Seater Sofa
Japan Chair
Japan Chair
Finn Juhl for Niels Vodder Dining Table ‘Judas’ in Teak and Silver Inlay
By Finn Juhl
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Finn Juhl for Niels Vodder, dining table model ‘Judas’ FJ49, teak, silver, Denmark, designed in 1948 With the creation of this exquisite oval shaped dining room table, Finn Juhl f...
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Finn Juhl

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Silver

Finn Juhl Chieftain Sofa Couch Wood and Leather
By Finn Juhl
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sofa designed by Finn Juhl in 1949, relaunched in 2013. Manufactured by House of Finn Juhl in Denmark. Alongside the impressive Chieftain chair, Finn Juhl and cabinetmaker Niels ...
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2010s Danish Modern Finn Juhl

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Leather, Wood

  • Finn Juhl Chieftain Sofa Couch Wood and Leather
  • Finn Juhl Chieftain Sofa Couch Wood and Leather
  • Finn Juhl Chieftain Sofa Couch Wood and Leather
  • Finn Juhl Chieftain Sofa Couch Wood and Leather
H 36.42 in. W 58.27 in. D 34.65 in.
Finn Juhl Bwana Lounge Chair France and Son Denmark 1962
By France & Søn, Finn Juhl
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Stunning and very rare lounge chair “Bwana” model 152 designed by Finn Juhl for France & Son, Denmark 1962. It was originally intended as a kind of updated "Chieftain" chair. As we k...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Finn Juhl

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Leather, Teak

Finn Juhl Armchair 209 Diplomat, Early 1960s
By France & Søn, Finn Juhl
Located in Vienna, AT
Finn Juhl, diplomat desk chair or armchair with frame in solid hardwood, seat and backrest upholstered, model 209. Designed in 1963. Produced by France & Son. Measures: H. 82 cm, SH...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Finn Juhl

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Leather, Hardwood

  • Finn Juhl Armchair 209 Diplomat, Early 1960s
  • Finn Juhl Armchair 209 Diplomat, Early 1960s
  • Finn Juhl Armchair 209 Diplomat, Early 1960s
  • Finn Juhl Armchair 209 Diplomat, Early 1960s
H 32.29 in. W 27.17 in. D 20.87 in.
Finn Juhl Reading Chair, Wood and Fabric
By Finn Juhl
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Armchair designed by Finn Juhl in 1953, relaunched in 2015. Manufactured by House of Finn Juhl in Denmark. In 1953, Finn Juhl designed this simple yet elegant dining chair for th...
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2010s Danish Modern Finn Juhl

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Fabric, Wood

  • Finn Juhl Reading Chair, Wood and Fabric
  • Finn Juhl Reading Chair, Wood and Fabric
  • Finn Juhl Reading Chair, Wood and Fabric
  • Finn Juhl Reading Chair, Wood and Fabric
H 29.14 in. W 20.48 in. D 22.84 in.
Midcentury Desk Chair in Patinated Leather by Finn Juhl, 1960s
By France & Søn, Finn Juhl
Located in Lejre, DK
Swivel chair in patinated leather designed by Finn Juhl M.A.A for France & Son. Made in Denmark. Great original condition.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Finn Juhl

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Leather

Finn Juhl Chieftain Armchair Wood and Leather
By Finn Juhl
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Chair designed by Finn Juhl in 1949, relaunched in 2002. Manufactured by House of Finn Juhl in Denmark. The iconic Chieftain chair is one of Finn Juhl’s absolute masterpieces, re...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Finn Juhl

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Leather, Wood

  • Finn Juhl Chieftain Armchair Wood and Leather
  • Finn Juhl Chieftain Armchair Wood and Leather
  • Finn Juhl Chieftain Armchair Wood and Leather
  • Finn Juhl Chieftain Armchair Wood and Leather
H 36.42 in. W 39.38 in. D 34.65 in.
Finn Juhl 48 Sofa Bench Wood and Leather
By Finn Juhl
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sofa Bench designed by Finn Juhl in 1948, relaunched in 2018. Manufactured by House of Finn Juhl in Denmark. he 48 Sofa Bench is part of the 48 Series which was presented at the ...
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2010s Danish Modern Finn Juhl

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Leather, Wood

  • Finn Juhl 48 Sofa Bench Wood and Leather
  • Finn Juhl 48 Sofa Bench Wood and Leather
  • Finn Juhl 48 Sofa Bench Wood and Leather
  • Finn Juhl 48 Sofa Bench Wood and Leather
H 49.22 in. W 31.5 in. D 24.81 in.
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Chieftain Chair
Chieftain Chair
Average Price
$44,750
Number Available
2
Chieftain Chair
By Finn Juhl
Materials
Animal Skin, Leather, Wood, Walnut
Styles
Modern, Scandinavian Modern
Finn Juhl (1912–89) is often credited with having played a pivotal role in the excitement around Danish modern design that swept through the United States during the 1950s. Juhl’s sculptural Chieftain chair, which he designed in 1949, was considered a renewal of Danish design traditions and is a long-celebrated milestone in the furniture maker’s legacy. Mid-century Scandinavian design emphasized warm woods, gentle lines and subtle curves, and while Juhl designed the Chieftain chair with those...
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Pelican Chair
Pelican Chair
Average Price
$10,889
Number Available
4
Pelican Chair
By Finn Juhl
Materials
Wood, Fabric
Styles
Modern
A chair ahead of its time, Finn Juhl's (1912–89) Pelican was the Danish designer’s first expressively sculptural piece — an influential and starkly unconventional example of Danish modern furniture. Produced for the Danish Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition in 1940, Juhl’s curved, tufted and padded Pelican is reflective of modern art influences, in particular, works by Dadaist sculptor Jean Arp. Its organic shape and stumpy pine legs drew mixed reactions, however, with one critic comparing it to...
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Desk Model BO-69
Desk Model BO-69
Average Price
$35,477
Number Available
2
Desk Model BO-69
By Finn Juhl
Materials
Brass, Hardwood, Metal, Teak, Wood
Styles
Scandinavian Modern
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Baker Sofa
Baker Sofa
Average Price
$100,000
Number Available
1
Baker Sofa
By Finn Juhl
Materials
Fabric, Walnut, Wood
Styles
Mid Century Modern
With the Baker sofa, aesthetics are as important as utility. Its creator, Finn Juhl (1912–89), once said, “Art has always been my main source of inspiration.” This was unusual for a designer associated with Scandinavian modernism, a movement steeped in cabinetmaker traditions and thus laser-focused on craftsmanship. But unlike his peers, Juhl was not trained in cabinetry. While he shared their prevailing interest in materials, details and finishes, he mined the world of contemporary art for i...
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Finn Juhl furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture Finn Juhl are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and 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. There are 237 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there are 335 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of Finn Juhl's original furniture was created in modern style in Europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Kai Kristiansen, Niels Otto Møller and Ib Kofod-Larsen. Prices for Finn Juhl furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $387 and tops out at $211,610, while pieces like these can sell for $9,660 on average..

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