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Poet Sofa

About the Design

An admirer of modern art, Finn Juhl (1912–89) debuted a pair of his Poet sofas — originally created for his own home — at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild furniture fair in 1941 alongside abstract plaster sculptures by Icelandic artist Sigurjón Ólafsson. While he aimed to produce functional pieces for small spaces, Juhl spent his formative years exploring the National Art Gallery of Denmark and wanted to make furniture that was expressive and interesting. Accompanying his work with art became a tradition for the pioneering Danish architect and designer, who helped introduce Scandinavian modernism to American shores.


Juhl attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and worked as an interior designer under Danish modern architect Vilhelm Lauritzen. Prior to garnering acclaim for his wood-framed chairs, Juhl’s handsome upholstered furniture was the order of the day. In collaborating with Niels Vodder— who manufactured the FJ41, or Poet sofa, named after Jørgen Mogensen’s comic strip — Juhl created alluring seating defined by organic curves and sculptural qualities that set it apart from the unadorned chairs of other Scandinavian modernist furniture makers such as Alvar Aalto.


Occupying sparse real estate, the diminutive two-seat Poet sofa was relaunched in 2001 by House of Finn Juhl, a company that is part of One Collection, which produces the sofa today. With its plush winged back and inwardly curving armrests covered in handwoven fabric, the piece offers little room between sitters. It’s as if the Poet sofa anticipates romance, or at least demands close conversation. Very close conversation.

Finn Juhl Poet Sofa

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Finn Juhl Grey Poet Sofa Oak Sheepskin Sahara
By Finn Juhl
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sofa model Poet designed by Finn Jhul Manufactured by One collection Finn Juhl (Denmark) This small two-seat sofa first saw the light of day at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guil...
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2010s Danish Modern Sofas

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Leather, Wood

Original Poet Sofa by Finn Juhl, circa 1941
By Finn Juhl
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Original poet sofa by Finn Juhl, circa 1941. Original vintage poet sofa first designed in 1941 by Finn Juhl. Meticulously restored to exacting standards with handstitched seams and b...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Loveseats

Materials

Wool, Beech

Finn Juhl Poet Green Uphoslstered Sofa
By Finn Juhl, Kvadrat
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
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2010s Danish Modern

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Finn Juhl Blue and Yellow Poet Sofa Walnut, Rime
By Finn Juhl
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
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2010s Danish Modern

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Finn Juhl Poet Sofa Walnut Wood Blue Kvadrat Rime Upholstery
By Finn Juhl, Kvadrat
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Category

2010s Danish Modern

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Poet Rime Sofa, Model FJ4100, Designed by Finn Juhl and Onecollection
By Finn Juhl, Onecollection 1
Located in Lejre, DK
Poet rime sofa, model FJ4100, designed by Finn Juhl in 1941 and manufactured by Onecollection. The chair is upholstered with dark grey Hallingdal and legs of walnut.
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Vintage 1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Sofas

Materials

Wool, Walnut