Finn Juhl, ‘Pair of rare armchairs, model no. FJ 53’, Designed 1953, Phillips

Each: 73.7 x 72 x 77 cm (29 x 28 3/8 x 30 3/8 in.)
Endangered Species (see Conditions of Sale for further information)

Executed by master cabinetmaker Niels Vodder, Copenhagen, Denmark. Underside of one armchair branded with CABINETMAKER NIELSVODDER/COPENHAGEN DENMARK/DESIGN: FINN JUHL.

Grete Jalk, ed., Dansk Møbelkunst gennem 40 aar, Volume 3: 1947-1956, Copenhagen, 1987, pp. 271-72, 311
Esbjørn Hiort, Finn Juhl: Furniture, Architecture, Applied Art, Copenhagen, 1990, pp. 58-59 for images and drawings
Patricia Yamada, ed., Finn Juhl Memorial Exhibition, exh. cat., Osaka, 1990, pp. 76-79, 139 for images and drawings
Noritsugu Oda, Danish Chairs, San Francisco, 1999, p. 98
Per H. Hansen, Finn Juhl and His House, Ostfildern, 2014, pp. 101, 103

About Finn Juhl

One of the pivotal figures of Danish design in the 1940s, Finn Juhl introduced Danish Modern to the world, specifically the United States. As an architect and interior and industrial designer, Juhl was best known for his furniture designs that uprooted traditional historicist styles embellished with ornament and plush prevalent in the late 1930s, instead creating modern furniture along the lines of the International Style. Juhl’s Pelican Chair exemplifies the designer’s incorporation of form with function. The chairs, sumptuously sculptural and organic in form, were inspired by Juhl’s philosophy that “a chair is not just a product of decorative art in a space; it is a form and a space in itself.”

Danish, 1912-1989