Wednesday, 2 September 2009

1950s Chair by Finn Juhl

Finn Juhl was trained as an all-round building architect, not especially as a furniture designer, something he himself considered important to emphasize. On several occasions, he pointed out that as a furniture designer, he was purely autodidact. His oeuvre did, however, also comprise a broad spectrum of architectural works. He made an especially excellent contribution as an interior designer. But it was nonetheless first and foremost furniture which made him a reputation, not only in Denmark, but internationally as well. And with good reason, since it was in this field that he showed truly original talent.Finn Juhl designed his first furniture for himself. It is an old tradition for architects and painters to design furniture for their own use, one that in Denmark goes all the way back to the latter half of the l8th century, when the architect and painter Nicolai Abildgaard designed a number of pieces for his own use in a “neo-antique” style.

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