Finn Juhl (1912 - 1989)
After his graduation from the School of Architecture in 1934 Finn Juhl quickly built a name for himself both in Denmark and abroad. Finn Juhl was definitely one of the contributing designers revolutionizing Danish design.
Art dictated Finn Juhl’s designs. He also used his artistic sensibilities to use his design as a reflection on his own times. It was Finn Juhl’s ambition to create furniture with a personality that reflected both functionality and aesthetics.
It was the human freedom as reflected in surrealism and cubism that inspired Finn Juhl - particularly Jean Arp’s portrayal of the human torso and Barbara Hepworth’s modernist sculptures.
Rather than thinking in terms of practical construction, Finn Juhl had the mindset of a sculptor, when he shaped a piece of furniture. In the 1940s and 1950s, this way of working had never been seen before. His ambition was to design furniture with movement and life.
His furniture design was definitely pioneering, but Finn Juhl was also a respected and valued architect who had a unique sense of interaction between furniture and space. Through the 40s he created several furniture that came to redefine Denmark as being a pioneering country regarding design. But in the 1950s he made his name in the U.S. with his interior design project in the Trusteeship Council Chamber at UN Headquarters in New York.
Gallery Bakholt stocks the complete collection of Finn Juhl furniture produced by One Collection – see the section "New Furniture".