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Previously exhibited at Basel 2022.
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The Chieftain chair, presented at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition in 1949, is regarded as one of Finn Juhl’s main accomplishments. The present example in teak and original black leather was made in close collaboration with the skilled craftsmen – master cabinetmaker Niels Vodder and upholsterer Ivan Schlechter. Juhl often found inspiration in the shapes of African tribal art and utilitarian objects, as well as in early Egyptian furniture. The chair’s triangular construction, formed by the back posts, the oblique aprons under the seat and the horizontal post supporting the back, is a reworking of a motif known from chairs found in the grave of Tutankhamen, just as the characteristic meeting between the back posts and back rest is a familiar motif from ancient Egyptian furniture. The Chieftain chair is a sizeable chair, yet it does not appear heavy. The distance between the seat and the armrest allows the surrounding space to flow freely between the upholstered elements, just as the frame with its triangular spaces is visually balanced and elegantly finished.
One of the international highlights of Juhl’s career was designing the complete interior of the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the UN headquarters in New York between 1951 and 52.
103.0 x 95.0 x 89.0 cm (40.6 x 37.4 x 35.0 in)
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