House of Finn Juhl
Finn Juhl Fireplace Chair
- The Designer
- The Maker
The Legacy of the Fireplace ChairWhen Finn Juhl began his collaboration with Bovirke in the mid-1940s, the alliance yielded some of Finn Juhl's most iconic designs, including the Reading Chair, the 46 Sofa, and maybe most notably, the Fireplace Chair. A chair that effortlessly captures the spirit of Finn Juhl's design philosophy, exuding warmth and fostering engaging conversation. It encapsulates the design traits which Finn Juhl is famous for, such as the separation between the carrying and the carried elements, while adding a playful feature in the form of a graceful cross-brace between the legs, vividly showcasing the unparalleled craftsmanship.
The design for the Fireplace Chair evolved from an armchair that Finn Juhl designed for book publisher Poul Westermann in 1943, which was crafted by Niels Vodder. The initial design featured the characteristic cross-struts beneath the seat but lacked the elegance of its successor. The version of the Fireplace Chair that Finn Juhl later designed for Bovirke, now relaunched by House of Finn Juhl, is also known as the BO59.
- Brand:House of Finn Juhl of Denmark
- Country: Made in Denmark
- SKU: HFJ-4610-AF1-FJ
- Material: Oak/Ash/Walnut
- Care:Care instructions included
- Designer:Finn Juhl
- Dimensions:(WxHxD) 25.6" x 31.9" x 30.3"
Juhl was trained as an all-round building architect, not—as he emphasized—especially as a furniture designer. On several occasions, he pointed out that as a furniture designer, he was purely self-taught.
His early chairs were produced in small batches, eighty at most, because they were created for Guild shows where the work of the artisan was emphasized over the burgeoning industry of mass production. However, they were almost all reissued later in his career.
In 1951 he designed the Trusteeship Council Chamber in the United Nations Headquarters in New York as a gift from Denmark to the UN.
A stability of construction harmonized with a unique expression of form distinguishes his works. His fondness for teak as a material led him to develop new and superior techniques for its use, and he is responsible for the present popularity of teak in Danish furniture.
Finn Juhl had a great influence on the following generation of Scandinavian architects with his use of bold sculptural forms and ultra-refined detailing. Juhl once said: "One cannot create happiness with beautiful objects, but one can ruin quite a lot of happiness with bad ones."
By the time of his passing in 1989, Finn Juhl had become an award winning and highly appreciated furniture designer on the international design stage. To this day, Finn Juhl's sculptural pieces of furniture are celebrated worldwide and he is credited as one of the founding fathers of the Danish Modern movement in America.