Rarest Finn Juhl for Bovirke Two-Tone Wool & Rosewood Modular Sofa Set; 1953 For Sale
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Rarest Finn Juhl for Bovirke Two-Tone Wool & Rosewood Modular Sofa Set; 1953


Comprising four chairs; this exceedingly rare, four-seat modular version of Finn Juhl's historic BO-77 sofa comes directly from the estate of the original owner and remains in excellent, completely original condition. Traditional spring upholstery and teak armature throughout add a particular stiffness and firm comfort to the back cushion & seat; hand-stitching can be observed on all visible seams throughout this expertly upholstered seating system. The tubular steel frame is supported by patinated steel legs reinforced by "bent" steel braces terminating in Brazilian rosewood sabots. This design preceded Finn Juhl's famous "Tivoli" sofa, and the latter drew heavily from this experimental form. According to our research, based largely on archival documents provided by the Danish Design Museum, this unnamed design is the earliest Danish attempt at a completely modular full-sized seating system, and may very well be the earliest documented example of what we now know as a "sectional sofa". This is the only known modular example of the BO-77 on the market, as well as in private and institutional collections. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This piece remains in excellent vintage condition. There is an attractive, uniform oxidation to the steel base, which is to be expected after ~60 years, as well as lovely patination to the rosewood sabots. Original upholstery in near-pristine condition. Please enquire for documentation from the Danish Design Museum's archive regarding this piece.    


  • Date of manufacture
  • Period
  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
    Excellent. This piece remains in excellent vintage condition. There is an attractive, uniform oxidation to the steel base, which is to be expected after 60+ years, as well as lovely patination to the rosewood sabots. Upholstery in near pristine condition. .
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 31 in. x W 100 in. x D 31 in.

    H 78.74 cm x W 254 cm x D 78.74 cm

  • Seat height
    15 in. (38.1 cm)
  • Seller location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Reference number

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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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