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Finn Juhl

Danish, 1912-1989

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 1stDibs, 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.

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46 Sofa
46 Sofa
46 Armchair
46 Armchair
Chieftain Chair
Chieftain Chair
Desk Model BO-69
Desk Model BO-69
Bookcase / Wall Unit by Finn Juhl BO71 for Bovirke, 1960s Rosewood Pine Brass
By Finn Juhl
Located in Munster, DE
Large modular wall shelf BO71 from the 1960s with a beautiful rosewood veneer and shelves made of pine and brass, designed by Finn Juhl in 1953. The placement of the shelves and side...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Finn Juhl

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Brass

Finn Jhul Little Mother Three Seater Sofa, Wood and Fabric
By Finn Juhl
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sofa designed by Finn Juhl in 1945, relaunched in 2020. Manufactured by House of Finn Juhl in Denmark. With the relaunch of this sofa, which we will refer to as the “Little Mothe...
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2010s Danish Modern Finn Juhl

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Fabric, Wood

Finn Juhl Chieftain Armchair Wood and Leather
By Finn Juhl
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Chair designed by Finn Juhl in 1949, relaunched in 2002. Manufactured by House of Finn Juhl in Denmark. The iconic Chieftain chair is one of Finn Juhl’s absolute masterpieces, re...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Finn Juhl

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Leather, Walnut

  • Finn Juhl Chieftain Armchair Wood and Leather
  • Finn Juhl Chieftain Armchair Wood and Leather
  • Finn Juhl Chieftain Armchair Wood and Leather
  • Finn Juhl Chieftain Armchair Wood and Leather
H 36.42 in. W 39.38 in. D 34.65 in.
Finn Juhl Poet Sofa by House of Finn Juhl
By Finn Juhl
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sofa designed by Finn Juhl in 1946, relaunched in 2008. Manufactured by House of Finn Juhl in Denmark. This small two-seater sofa first saw the light of day at the Copenhagen Cab...
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2010s Danish Modern Finn Juhl

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Fabric, Wood

  • Finn Juhl Poet Sofa by House of Finn Juhl
  • Finn Juhl Poet Sofa by House of Finn Juhl
  • Finn Juhl Poet Sofa by House of Finn Juhl
  • Finn Juhl Poet Sofa by House of Finn Juhl
H 34.26 in. W 53.55 in. D 31.5 in.
Finn Juhl Pelican Chair Upholstered in Fabric
By Finn Juhl
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Pelican chair designed by Finn Juhl in 1940. Manufactured by House of Finn Juhl in Denmark. Pelican chair was probably the one furthest ahead of its time. When it was presented a...
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2010s Danish Modern Finn Juhl

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Fabric, Wood

  • Finn Juhl Pelican Chair Upholstered in Fabric
  • Finn Juhl Pelican Chair Upholstered in Fabric
  • Finn Juhl Pelican Chair Upholstered in Fabric
  • Finn Juhl Pelican Chair Upholstered in Fabric
H 26.78 in. W 33.47 in. D 29.93 in.
Large Wall Unit / Bookcase by Finn Juhl BO71 for Bovirke, Denmark, Teak Brass
By Finn Juhl
Located in Munster, DE
Large modular wall shelf BO71 made of beautiful teak, designed by Finn Juhl. Placement of shelves and sideboard can be freely chosen. The shelf was manufactured by Bovirke in the 196...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Finn Juhl

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Brass

Finn Juhl Japan Chair
By Finn Juhl, France & Søn
Located in Epperstone, Nottinghamshire
Classic original 1960’s Finn Juhl Japan chair designed in 1953 for France and Son, Denmark. This example on wonderful teak in beautiful original condition. The seat and back are full...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Finn Juhl

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Teak

  • Finn Juhl Japan Chair
  • Finn Juhl Japan Chair
  • Finn Juhl Japan Chair
  • Finn Juhl Japan Chair
H 28.75 in. W 26.78 in. D 29.14 in.
Finn Juhl Coffee Table for Anton Kildeberg, Denmark, 1960s
By Finn Juhl, Anton Kildeberg
Located in Utrecht, NL
This rare Finn Juhl coffee table reflects the pioneering Danish master’s design universe, which centers around constant surprises in terms of shapes, aesthetics and unique design det...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Finn Juhl

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Brass

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Finn Juhl Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Finn Juhl Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Finn Juhl Furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 244 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 302 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of Finn Juhl's original furniture was created in the modern style in Europe during the 21st Century and Contemporary. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Niels Otto Møller, Arne Vodder and Ib Kofod-Larsen. The prices for Finn Juhl furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $396 and tops out at $216,208, while pieces like these can sell for $10,303 on average..