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Finn Juhl

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Sofa designed by Finn Juhl in 1951, relaunched in 2009.
Manufactured by House of Finn Juhl in Denmark.

Edgar Kaufmann Jr., a prolific art collector and director of the Industrial Design Department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, introduced Finn Juhl to the American design circles. During a trip to Denmark, he became so fascinated by Finn Juhl’s artistic take on furniture design that he invited him to the United States.

In 1949, Kaufmann Jr. wrote an article about Finn Juhl in the magazine Interiors, which caught the attention of Mr. Hollis Baker, a furniture manufacturer from Michigan. Hollis Baker invited Finn Juhl to design a modern furniture collection for him. These events marked the beginning of what later on became known as Danish Modern, which started an export boom for Danish design to the United States.

The sculptural Baker Sofa with its two-piece backrest became Finn Juhl’s American debut.

About the designer:
Finn Juhl was born on January 30, 1912 in Copenhagen. He wished to study art history, however, his father would not allow it. Instead, Finn Juhl began studying architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen. Here, he studied under some of the most influential functionalists of his time. Among these was the great architect Vilhelm Lauritzen who hired Finn Juhl at his own studio in 1934 before Finn Juhl had even graduated. Eventually, the work took up all of his time and Finn Juhl never finished his studies. Later in life he always described himself as a self-taught furniture designer.

One of the international highlights of Finn Juhl’s career was designing the complete interior of the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the UN headquarters in New York between 1951 and 1952. His sculptural furniture is widely appreciated all-over the world. Today, Finn Juhl is still considered the father of Danish Modern, the design movement from Denmark, that arose during the 1950s in the United States. At the time of his death in 1989, Finn Juhl had become an award-winning and highly respected international furniture artist.

Finn Juhl was greatly inspired by both modernism in art and functionalism in architecture. His genius was cross-pollinating these two fields, thus creating a completely new artistic idiom. Like sculptures, Finn Juhl’s designs are created to stand freely in a room. At the same time, they are developed with a playful insight into the practical function of every detail.

About the manufacturer:
In 2001 House of Finn Juhl trusted with the exclusive rights to manufacture and relaunch Finn Juhl’s sculptural and iconic furniture by Finn Juhl’s widow Hanne Wilhelm Hansen. Today the unique Finn Juhl collection consists of more than 40 Classic masterpieces, all of which they manufacture with the utmost respect for the original heritage and strict demands for quality.