Finn Jhul Poet Sofa Walnut Wood Blue Kvadrat Rime Upholstery, 1941 For Sale
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Finn Jhul Poet Sofa Walnut Wood Blue Kvadrat Rime Upholstery, 1941

Estimated Production Time8-9 weeks

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Sofa designed by Finn Jhul Manufactured by One collection Finn Juhl (Denmark) Kvadrat Rime Fabric This small two-seater 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. The small sofa received its name much later, in 1959, when a popular Danish cartoonist depicted the exact sofa as the place where a young poet would withdraw to contemplate the complexities of life. The Poet Sofa is available in the same execution as the Pelican Chair - with handsewn upholstery in fabric or leather and with legs in oak, walnut or black painted. 1941, relaunched in 2001 Legs: Walnut, oak or black stained Upholstery: Fabric or leather Size: W 136cm x D 80cm x H 87cm Seat height: 38cmSize: W 136cm x D 80cm x H 87cm Seat height: 38cm Production Delay: 8-9 weeks

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Legs: Walnut, oak or black stained Upholstery: Fabric or leather

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  • Creator
    Finn Juhl (Designer),Kvadrat (Fashion House)
  • Production Type
    Current Production
  • Production Time
    It will take 8-9 weeks to make this piece
  • In the Style Of
  • Condition
    New
  • Dimensions
    H 34.26 in. x W 53.55 in. x D 31.5 in.H 87 cm x W 136 cm x D 80 cm
  • Seat Height
    14.97 in. (38 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Barcelona, ES
  • Reference Number
    LU1427214581631
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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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