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Original Poet Sofa by Finn Juhl, circa 1941

$24,950

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Original poet sofa by Finn Juhl, circa 1941. Original vintage poet sofa first designed in 1941 by Finn Juhl. Meticulously restored to exacting standards with handstitched seams and beautiful, soft wool blend contrasting color block design. Provenance: Private Collection, Newport Beach, CA. Classic tapered legs, curved armrest and back. This small two-seat sofa first saw the light of day at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition in 1941. It should be seen as a natural progression from the pelican chair that was displayed the previous year. The upholstery is very slim compared to the norm at the time and it was the result of Finn Juhl’s ambition to create functional furniture for smaller apartments. The poet sofa is also one of Finn Juhl’s experiments for his own home. At the Guild Exhibition, the sofa was shown together with a couple of plaster reliefs by artist Sigurjón Ólafsson. In this way, he indicated the link between furniture and sculpture. The small sofa is a very comfortable embrace for two people, who will be sitting comfortably close. Measures: 51" W x 30" D x 32" back height x 16" seat height.

Details

  • Creator
    Finn Juhl (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Width: 51 in. (129.54 cm)Depth: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Seat Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1958
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Meticulously restored from the frame up with new foam and high end wool fabric. CFA and rub counts available on request.
  • Seller Location
    Costa Mesa, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1384216320962

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About the Design

Poet Sofa

Designed by Finn Juhl
An admirer of modern art, Finn Juhl (1912–89) debuted a pair of his Poet sofas — originally created for his own home — at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild furniture fair in 1941 alongside abstract plaster sculptures by Icelandic artist Sigurjón Ólafsson. While he aimed to produce functional pieces for small spaces, Juhl spent his formative years exploring the National Art Gallery of Denmark and wanted to make furniture that was expressive and interesting. Accompanying his work with art became a tradition for the pioneering Danish architect and designer, who helped introduce Scandinavian modernism to American shores. Juhl attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and worked as an interior designer under Danish modern architect Vilhelm Lauritzen. Prior to garnering acclaim for his wood-framed chairs, Juhl’s handsome upholstered furniture was the order of the day. In collaborating with Niels Vodder— who manufactured the FJ41, or Poet sofa, named after Jørgen Mogensen’s comic strip — Juhl created alluring seating defined by organic curves and sculptural qualities that set it apart from the unadorned chairs of other Scandinavian modernist furniture makers such as Alvar Aalto. Occupying sparse real estate, the diminutive two-seat Poet sofa was relaunched in 2001 by House of Finn Juhl, a company that is part of One Collection, which produces the sofa today. With its plush winged back and inwardly curving armrests covered in handwoven fabric, the piece offers little room between sitters. It’s as if the Poet sofa anticipates romance, or at least demands close conversation. Very close conversation.
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