House of Finn Juhl

Finn Juhl Whisky Chair

$15,173.00 - $19,965.00
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Walnut, Brass and Mouth-Blown Glass

The Whisky Chair was designed by Finn Juhl in 1948 and is characterized by the designer's artistic sense of shape, function, and detail. Finn Juhl played a groundbreaking role in the Danish Modern design movement as his sculptural furniture manifested Denmark's position as a pioneering country within furniture design.

The exclusive chair was originally presented at the Cabinetmakers' Guild Exhibition in 1948, as part of Finn Juhl's concept "The Living Room of an Art Collector", but was not put into production. Finn Juhl always dared to stand alone and was unconcerned about the critics who found his designs too extravagant.

Upon purchase, customers will receive a unique mouth-blown glass crafted by glassmaker Mikkel Yerst. Finn Juhl's original drawing does not depict the glass, meaning that the chair itself has served as the inspiration for the powerful shape of the specially designed glass.

Playfully Provocative

The Whisky Chair is not only extravagant, it is also playfully provocative - perhaps even borderline politically incorrect. The right armrest unfolds organically towards the end, making way for a handmade half-moon shaped brass tray. The tray can unfold into a full circle where a hole in the brass surface is shaped to hold a glass.

Finn Juhl's original watercolor drawing from 1948 shows how two chairs fit perfectly together, as the right and left armrests are asymmetrical. The Whisky Chair is overwhelmingly comfortable and invites you to partake in a special moment of immersion and enjoyment.
  • Brand:House of Finn Juhl of Denmark
  • Country: Made in Denmark
  • SKU: HFJ-4880-WF3NF3-FJ
  • Material: Walnut/Fabric/Leather/Brass/Glass
  • Care:Care instructions included
  • Designer:Finn Juhl
  • Dimensions:(WxHxD) 31.1" x 37.4" x 33.5"
Finn Juhl
The work of architect Finn Juhl (1912—1989) energized traditional Danish design. It exemplifies the quality of craftsmanship and beauty that made the nation a leader in modern home furnishing during the 1940s and 1950s.

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."
House of Finn Juhl of Denmark
Finn Juhl designed furniture with the human body in mind. This characteristic made him stand out from his midcentury peers in Denmark and Scandinavia alike. Rather than limiting himself to thinking in terms of practical construction, Finn Juhl adopted the mindset of a sculptor when shaping furniture. With this approach he created iconic pieces such as the Pelican Chair, the Poet Sofa, the Chieftain Chair and the 45 Chair, which have become darlings of the Danish Modern movement today. When relaunching iconic Finn Juhl pieces, we have to assume his mindset ourselves and strive to understand his design philosophy. It is all about feeling. One cannot make his furniture simply by adhering to a technical and commercial approach. You have to be extremely critical and uncompromising in what you do, because when it comes to Finn Juhl—there is no bottom line.

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.

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