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Finn Juhl Settees

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, credenzas 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. 

Juhl’s earliest works, designed in the late 1930s, are perhaps his most idiosyncratic. The influence of modern art is clear in his 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 workshop of Danish cabinetmaker Niels Vodder began to issue his designs. Yet Juhl’s 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 Judas table — a piece ornamented with stylish inlaid silver plaquettes — and the biomorphic Baker sofa. After an article authored by Kaufmann on Juhl and his work appeared in the U.S.-based magazine Interiors in 1948, he began receiving American commissions. 

Kaufmann commissioned Juhl to create the exhibition design for, and contribute pieces to, the 1951 edition of the Good Design shows he organized for MoMA and Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Baker Furniture asked Juhl to design for the firm, and he produced a collection of chairs, tables and cabinets, and, later, the 1957 sofa. 

Scandinavian modernist seating, such as the chairs and sofas Juhl created for Baker, became immensely popular in postwar America, as the seeds of the Scandinavian style that Juhl sowed took root and spread in the United States. Juhl and his work featured prominently in the landmark show “Design from Scandinavia,” which opened in 1954 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and traveled to 24 museums in the U.S. and Canada; over three years, it was seen by more than a million people.

Juhl’s furniture — as well as his ceramics, tableware and accessories — has an air of relaxed sophistication and elegance that is unique in the realm of mid-century design.

Find vintage Finn Juhl armchairs, coffee tables, desks and other furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Finn Juhl
Finn Juhl Jupiter Sofa France and Son Denmark 1965 Black
By Finn Juhl, France & Søn
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Danish modern so called Jupiter sofa model 218 designed by Finn Juhl and manufactured by France and Son, Denmark 1965. The sofa has a solid rosewood frame...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Finn Juhl Settees

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Leather, Rosewood

NV53 Two Seater Sofa by Finn Juhl
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An NV53 two-seater sofa designed by Finn Juhl in 1953 and made by master cabinetmaker Niels Vodder, Denmark, shortly after 1953. The frame is carved out of the highest quality teak w...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Finn Juhl Settees

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Teak

Rare Finn Juhl, NV45 Settee
By Finn Juhl
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Rare and early model 45 settee, designed by Danish architect Finn Juhl and executed by Niels Vodder in the early 1950s. Sculptural teak frame has been profe...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Finn Juhl Settees

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Danish Modern Finn Juhl NV-53 Settee
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A rare Finn Juhl designed settee produced by master cabinetmaker Niels Vodder known as the NV53. Teak frame with upholstered seat. Frame stamped with Niels Vodder logo. Profession...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Finn Juhl Settees

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Finn Juhl NV45 Settee by Niels Vodder
By Finn Juhl
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Extremely rare Finn Juhl NV 45 designed settee for Niels Vodder, Denmark. Excellent original teak wood oiled finish frame just newly upholstered in Da...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Finn Juhl Settees

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The perfect Finn Juhl settee manufactured by Bovirke in 1946. Reupholstered with new Hallingdal fabric. Iconic Danish design in perfect restored condition.
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Finn Juhl settees for sale on 1stDibs.

Finn Juhl settees 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 settees, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original settees by Finn Juhl were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in scandinavia during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider settees by Hans J. Wegner, Kaare Klint, and France & Søn. Prices for Finn Juhl settees can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $4,582 and can go as high as $65,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $24,200.
Questions About Finn Juhl Settees
  • 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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