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Modern Finn Juhl for France & Sons Bwana Lounge Chair in Black Leather and Teak

$7,500

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Gorgeous teak 'Bwana' chair by Finn Juhl for France & Sons in original black leather. Imported by John Stewart. There's a little tear in the back but in otherwise nice vintage condition. The "Bwana" chair, designed in 1962 by Finn Juhl for France and Sons, was originally intended as a kind of updated "Chieftain" chair. As we know now, both designs stand besides each other in equal quality. The Bwana features superb wood details and joints which Finn Juhl is known for. The carved teak, the triangular section of teak at the head rest which supports the top of the back, and the solid circular "pommel" hand-rests, are particularly distinctive details. The chair features the original black leather upholstery with a rich patina. The "Bwana" chair, just as other designs by Juhl, bears traits of traditional African art and European modernist sculpture. Finn Juhl (1912-1989), born in Denmark, planned on becoming an art historian when he was young. His father decided it would be a better career move if he went to become an architect. After his architecture degree Juhl worked for ten years with Vilhelm Lauritzen. At the age of 33 Finn Juhl opened his own furniture design practice. In the 1940s he designed a number of creations that regenerated Danish furniture design, and broke with the established furniture tradition. Juhl is known as the one of the most important pioneers of Danish design. He was in fact the first Danish furniture designer to gain widespread international recognition. his work was vital to spreading the “Danish Modern” concept around the world. His designs are reknown for being exquisitely elegant, refined up until the smallest detail and extremely well executed. Literature: - Finn Juhl: Memorial Exhibition, Hansen et al., ppg. 88-89, 145.

Details

  • Creator
    Finn Juhl (Designer),France & Søn (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 35.25 in. (89.54 cm)Width: 33.5 in. (85.09 cm)Depth: 28.5 in. (72.39 cm)Seat Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Repaired. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Houston, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1060620411252

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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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