Finn Juhl Drop-Leaf Coffee Table

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This terrific example of Finn Juhl's unique aesthetic is also a highly functional and versatile table. The walnut top has an asymmetrical shape and a drop leaf on one side. Exquisitely constructed and finely detailed, the cabinetmaker quality perfectly compliments the refined design. Finn Juhl used one of these tables in his own home in Ordrup.

Top measures 26" deep when closed, 35" overall when open.

Details

  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Period
    1950-1959
  • Materials and Techniques
    Walnut
  • Condition
    Excellent. Professionally restored.
  • Dimensions
    22.5 in. H x 54.5 in. W x 26 in. D
    57 cm H x 138 cm W x 66 cm D
  • Seller Location
    Highland, IN
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU90911902592

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 2011

Typical response time: 10 hours

Located in Highland, IN

Associations:
  • 20th Century Specialists

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