Born in Denmark in 1912, Finn Juhl studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen. After graduating, he worked for ten years in the office of Vilhelm Lauritzen, a leading Danish Modernist architect. In 1945, he set up his own practice, specializing in interior and furniture design. Juhl created design forms with the mindset of a sculptor and much of his furniture was technically ahead of its time. He took much inspiration from artist like Jean Arp.
Between 1951 – 1952 he designed the Trusteeship Council Chamber for the United Nations headquarters in New York. The chamber was a gift from Denmark to the United Nations and its construction cost roughly $20,000 in 1952.
Juhl’s career blossomed through his participation in the annual Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild exhibitions, nationally sponsored events that supported design innovation through collaborations between young architects and traditional cabinetmakers. Juhl found great success in his partnership with craftsman Niels Vodder, and together they created a number of important works, such as the Pelican Chair and the Chieftain Chair.
Finn Juhl built his own home in Ordrup north of Copenhagen and it was completed in 1942. Today, it is part of the Ordrupgaard Museum in Denmark. Juhl designed his home from the inside out, starting with the plan view and adding the facades afterwards. As described by the museum, “the house is composed of two blocks standing at right angles to one another. One block contains the public functions. The other comprises the more private spaces.”
Below is just a small selection of pieces by Finn Juhl, you can see our whole collection of Finn Juhl’s furniture here: http://schalling.se/tag/finn-juhl