Finn Juhl Modular Teak Wall Unit / Office Shelving for France & Son

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This exquisite piece is a rare design by Finn Juhl for France & Son and features his iconic bow-tie chrome door and drawer pulls and is part of the Cresco Series. Extremely well designed with top quality hardware throughout - the hinges are heavy steel, the chrome pegs have an additional pin that secures into the bottom of the shelves - and the centre pins in the bottom section are even threaded for additional structural stability. The modularity allows you to shuffle the upper components to suit your needs, and each of the upper cabinet has one adjustable shelf. The upper section is comprised of three open boxes and a one door cabinet, and four adjustable shelves. The lower section comprises one five-drawer cabinet with wood drawer frame construction and dovetail joins, a two-drawer adjustable file cabinet (adjust for legal or ledger sized files) with heavy duty steel glides and three adjustable shelves. The entire unit has a beautifully finished back and sits on a solid wood pedestal base with six leveling feet and the maker's medallion. In excellent vintage condition with only minor wear, the piece breaks down into two lower cabinets, four upper cabinets, the pedestal and the shelves, making it affordable to ship. The ideal office storage solution or wide screen television stand.

Details

  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Period
    1960-1969
  • Materials and Techniques
    Teak
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    81.5 in. H x 68.25 in. W x 18.5 in. D
    207 cm H x 173 cm W x 47 cm D
  • Seller Location
    New Westminster, Canada
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU141028659603

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.

About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2015

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Located in New Westminster, British Columbia

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