Finn Juhl Double Pedestal Desk by Baker

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

About

This spectacular desk by Finn Juhl is very rare. Designed for Baker Furniture in the 1950s, it features his signature "floating" top with its delicately sculpted edge over a base supporting two pedestals– one with a deep file drawer that accommodates both letter and legal pendaflex hanging files, the other with two shallow drawers, one with adjustable wood dividers. Both pedestals have a pull-out writing surface, lovely brass handles, and are connected in the front by a cane modesty panel.

Beautiful from every angle, this desk would be a stunning centerpiece in any office or study.

     

Details

  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Period
    1950-1959
  • Materials and Techniques
    Walnut
  • Condition
    Good. Top newly refinished.
  • Dimensions
    29 in. H x 81 in. W x 36.25 in. D
    74 cm H x 206 cm W x 92 cm D
  • Seller Location
    Highland, IN
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU90914764733

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: 11 hours

Located in Highland, IN

Associations:
  • 20th Century Specialists

More from this Seller

Finn Juhl Teak Coffee Table by Baker
Finn Juhl Teak Coffee Table by Baker
Baker Furniture Company, Finn Juhl
Teak
This table was designed by Danish master Finn Juhl and crafted by Baker Furniture in the US in the 1950s. Finn Juhl was skeptical that any American manufacturer could produce his desig...
Finn Juhl Table
Finn Juhl Table
Finn Juhl
Walnut
Finn Juhl designed this beautiful desk or work table for his own home before licensing it to Baker Furniture who offered it as model no. 520. Also known as the Kaufmann table, the subst...
Finn Juhl Table
Finn Juhl Table
Baker Furniture Company, Finn Juhl
Sycamore, Walnut
This beautiful table by Danish master Finn Juhl features solid walnut legs and raised lip that surrounds a delta-shaped top of sycamore. Designed during the peak of his creativity, this...
Finn Juhl Drop-Leaf Coffee Table
Finn Juhl Drop-Leaf Coffee Table
Baker Furniture Company, Finn Juhl
Walnut
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 ...
Finn Juhl Dining Table and Chairs
Finn Juhl Dining Table and Chairs
Baker Furniture Company, Finn Juhl
Naugahyde, Walnut
This exquisite dining set by Finn Juhl was designed in 1951 and is Classic Juhl. The sculptural frames of the model FJ 51 chairs support the curved seats and backs giving them the appea...
Bruce Burdick Executive Desk by Herman Miller
Bruce Burdick Executive Desk by Herman Miller
Herman Miller, Bruce Burdick
Aluminum, Steel, Plastic, Oak
This highly innovative design by Bruce Burdick uses an aluminium beam supported by legs with splayed cast aluminium feet to suspend all the necessary components to create what Burdick c...
Paul McCobb Planner Group Desk and Chair by Winchendon
Paul McCobb Planner Group Desk and Chair by Winche...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company
Maple
This beautifully scaled desk and chair by Paul McCobb is from his signature Planner Group and is a fine example of his crisply tailored aesthetic. It features a single pedestal desk wit...
Rare Greta Grossman Desk by Glenn of California
Rare Greta Grossman Desk by Glenn of California
Glenn of California, Greta Magnusson-Grossman
Walnut, Steel, Mica
This fantastic Greta Grossman desk by Glenn of California is a rare variation in all white which contrasts beautifully with the walnut wood.
Baker Asian Modern Side Table
Baker Asian Modern Side Table
Baker Furniture Company
Wood
A wonderful asian style side/ end table by Baker with a craquelure finish in Chinese red lacquer.
1970s Aluminum "Sawhorse" Table or Desk
1970s Aluminum "Sawhorse" Table or Desk
Unknown
Aluminum
An ingenious and attractive design. Two Campaign-style aluminum sawhorse forms support a glass top creating a wonderful desk or table. The original glass shows damage– ordering a new gl...
Baker style Parsons end table with eggshell finish
Baker style Parsons end table with eggshell finish...
Baker Furniture Company
Wood
This handsome and practical parsons style table has a quality of construction and finish that is reminiscent of Baker furniture, though it is unmarked. The simple form is given a very r...
Milo Baughman Burl Patchwork Pedestal/ End Table by Thayer Coggin
Milo Baughman Burl Patchwork Pedestal/ End Table b...
Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin
Burl
This design by Baughman is as spare as it is serviceable. The Minimalist form is embellished with a patchwork of rich burled veneer and the scale allows it to serve perfectly as an end ...