Set Six Teak Finn Juhl Dining Chairs Model 197 For Sale
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Set Six Teak Finn Juhl Dining Chairs Model 197

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This gorgeous set of six dining chairs were designed by Finn Juhl and are one of the most comfortable dining chairs ever! The angle of the upholstered backrest is amazingly ergonomic in these model 197 chairs! The airy design features floating seats, contoured side braces and the subtle cup shape carved into the top of the backrest struts. The wood is in awesome condition, and the upholstery, striated beige velvet is in great condition except for a drip of wax on the seat of one. Otherwise, there is no damage or tears and the foam is still in great condition as well. Use them as is or reupholster to suit. Chairs are marked with the France & Son's metal medallion as well as gilt stamped.

Details

  • Dimensions
    H 29.75 in. x W 20 in. x D 18.5 in.H 75.57 cm x W 50.8 cm x D 46.99 cm
  • Seat Height
    18.5 in. (46.99 cm)
  • Seller Location
    New Westminster, CA
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
  • Reference Number
    LU141026797051
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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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