House of Finn Juhl

Rather than thinking about practical construction, Finn Juhl had the mindset of a sculptor when he shaped a piece of furniture. This way of working in the 1940s and 1950s had never been seen before. His ambition was to design furniture with movement and life. Finn Juhl took pride in making both the structurally supportive elements of the table and the seated person look as though they were floating.

Initially, Finn Juhl wanted to become an art historian. Since his early years, he has been interested in fine arts. However, his father wouldn't allow him a career in the arts. Instead, Finn Juhl enrolled at the Department of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen. Finn Juhl began his studies in the 1930s, a necessary period in furniture design when modern design started to emerge. While he was still a student, Finn Juhl began working with the prominent Danish architect Vilhelm Lauritzen in 1934. He worked on major projects at his studios, such as the Danish Broadcasting House and Copenhagen Airport. Finn Juhl was kept so busy that he never finished his studies. Despite this, he received the honor of becoming a member of the Academic Architect Society in 1942. Later, he became a visiting professor at the Institute of Design in Chicago. At the time when he had made himself a name as a furniture designer, he would always speak of himself as being self-taught.

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 52.


Finn Juhl’s design universe embarks on a joyful journey with constant surprises regarding shapes, aesthetics, and unique design details.


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