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Finn Juhl – Denmark 1912 – 1989
Finn Juhl was the first modern Danish furniture designer to be recognized internationally. He created a new style of Danish furniture that embraced form as much as it did function. The world noticed, earning Juhl the unofficial title of Father of Danish Modernism.Juhl was a trained architect and interior designer, and a self-taught industrial designer. It was something of a Danish tradition for architects and painters to design furniture for their own use. Juhl’s reputation for building and space design preceded his fame as a furniture designer. Among his architectural accomplishments were 33 global ticket offices for Scandinavian Airlines and, in 1951, the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the new UN headquarters in New York. This project opened important doors and proved invaluable to the subsequent international interest in Danish Modernism.Juhl’s pioneering work in furniture design began in the 1930’s. That is when he developed his trademark style, the delineation between the framework of a chair and its surfaces: seat, back, arms. His celebration of “the organic” was revolutionary. He introduced “floating” seat surfaces, often employing upholstery to emphasize a contrast with the chair’s harder structural elements.Juhl found inspiration outside the confines of applied arts. He was influenced by surrealists such as Jean Arp and Jean Miro. Combined with his respect for craftsmanship, this translated into furniture that was, for the times, different and daring. Hi first masterpiece was the womb-like, upholstered Pelican chair, which had an initial limited production run in 1941. It presaged and anticipated the curvaceous, sculptural designs of 1960s and 70s Italy. The 45 Chair, with its elegantly sloping arms, is still regarded as a high-water mark. The throne- like Chieftain Chair of 1948 was custom-designed for Danish embassies worldwide. Fewer than eighty originals were produced. Today connoisseurs fight over them! Later Finn Juhl designs were created with the mass-market in mind, incorporating the same beauty, integrity and construction details.In the 1950’s, Finn Juhl received five Gold medals at the Milan Triennial.Signature Pieces:
Pelican Chair (1939)
Poeten Sofa (1941)
45 Chair (1945)
Chieftain Chair (1949)

Denmark’s One Collection (www.onecollection.com or www.finnjuhl.com), formerly Hansen & Sorenson, is the manufacturer of licensed original Finn Juhl designs.

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  • Jan OConnell: Hard crowd to please...If he didn't use his name, would you still be making such hard comments? He's been drawing for a long time and his major in college was architecture. So hobby, no...second career yes. He has excellent taste in furniture and the homes he's designed. He's been into design since moving to LA and has spent most of his time in antique/vintage stores around the world. He has taste, I personally love the dining and cocktail tables...are they a play on another design, maybe...as artists, we all take from other designs. It's human and it's how we evolve as artists to become better artists.
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  • Linda Fougerousse: I like the tables, however, I agree I've seen the spring table in several collections already. Not lovin the bed. There is a reason they're showing it undressed!
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  • iris fingerhut: having good taste does not mean you are a designer. we have seen so many celebs turn to design as a way of expanding their "brand". macy's star line-up has made this practice legit. the donald trump collection? please... i find this furniture derivative on the whole and some things in particular, bad design. the bed, especially. that extension at the foot of the bed is a real knee slammer!. i guess being a wealthy,handsome, talented actor, father of 6, philanthropist is not quite enough to keep brad busy... i find this whole trend a terrible one. do what you do best, and leave it to designers to design. if it weren't for the name recognition and celebrity, most of these "collections" would never see the light of day.
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  • Brooke Richards: Hey, if Brad Pitt wants to try his hand at something new, he should go for it. Why not, there will always be purists, nay-sayers & critic's. The chair, in a sunny corner sitting with my back in the curve of the back & the arm, my legs thrown over the front of the opposite arm, feet dangling, reading a good book! By the way, see the resemblence to Batman's mask anyone? The tub, yep clearly the man knows bathtime playtime. Enough said! The side table, love it too. Looks like the physical expression of the motion of Samantha's wand on 'BeWitched'. The bed, cool, angular metal, smooth wood curves, platform beds aren't for everyone. Just give me the wild legged polished wood table/bench. What a lot of fun, the surprises in life, life does have it's crazy sharp turns......
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