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Pair of NV46 Chairs by Finn Juhl in Teak with Natural Leather Upholstery

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Pair of NV46 Chairs by Finn Juhl in Teak with Natural Leather Upholstery. "The NV46 chair"–a pair. Cabinetmaker Niels Vodder (not stamped). Designed in 1946, made before 1952. Each chair stamped with cabinetmaker’s mark. Teak frames, natural leather upholstery.  In the years between 1940 and 1950 Finn Juhl developed a highly personal style that forever influenced the trend of Danish furniture craft. Three of his best chairs from this period. The NV44, the NV45, and the INV46-made heavy demands on the cabinetmaker’s skill, requiring careful selection of materials and an extraordinary degree of workmanship. Finn Juhl worked closely with cabinetmaker Niels Vodder on this and so many of his iconic pieces of furniture. Literature Grete Jalk, ed., "40 Years of Danish Furniture Design: The Copenhagen Cabinet-makers’ Guild Exhibitions 1927-1966", Copenhagen, 1987, vol. 1I, 1937-1946, pp. 320-321, illustrated. Esbjørn Hiort, "Finn Juhl: Furniture, Architecture, Applied art", Copenhagen, 1990, p. 26, illustrated, and pp. 52-3, the later Bovirke variant illustrated. Arne Carlsen and Christian Ejlers, "Dansk Møbel Kunst, Aarhus", 1990, vol. 2, pp. 190-193, illustrated (incorrectly dated to 1953). Henrik Wivel, "Finn Juhl", Denmark, 2004, p. 54, illustrated. Per H. Hansen and Klaus Petersen, "Den store danske møbelguide", Denmark, 2006, p. 160, illustrated. Per H. Hansen, "Finn Juhl and His House", Ostfildern, 2014, pp. 32-33, illustrated p. 32

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  • Condition
  • Dimensions
    H 31.25 in. x W 25.75 in. x D 23.63 in.H 79.38 cm x W 65.41 cm x D 60.03 cm
  • Seat Height
    18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU105502405332
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About Finn Juhl (Designer)

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 these pages, 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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