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Finn Juhl

Westermann Fireplace chairs

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Previously exhibited at Basel 2022.

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The present chairs were part of a small selection of pieces commissioned by the renowned Danish Publisher Poul Westermann in 1944. The model is considered the forerunner to Finn Juhl’s iconic ‘NV45’ chair and it is one of the finest examples of Juhl’s recurring theme of exposing the wooden frame from the upholstered element. The refined soft curves of the armrests is nothing short of sublime and the level of craftmanship from cabinetmaker Niels Vodder is unsurpassed.

Materials: Cuban mahogany and textile.

Finn Juhl


Initially, Finn Juhl wanted to become an art historian. Since his early years, he had been interested in fine arts. However, his father wouldn't allow a career in the arts. Instead Finn Juhl enrolled at the Department of architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen. Finn Juhl began his studies in the 1930s, which was an important period in furniture design, when modern design started to emerge. While he was still a student, Finn Juhl started working with the prominent Danish architect Vilhelm Lauritzen in 1934. At his studio, he worked on major projects such as the Danish Broadcasting House and Copenhagen Airport. Finn Juhl was kept so busy, that he never finished his studies. Despite this, he received the honour of becoming a member of the Academic Architect Society in 1942, and later in life, he became a visiting professor at the Institute of Design in Chicago. At the time when he had made himself a name as a furniture designer, he would always speak of himself as being a selftaught.

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.

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    62.0 x 81.0 x 75.0 cm (24.4 x 31.9 x 29.5 in)

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