Modern Design /16 March 2003

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Finn Juhl

Delegate's chair, pair
Baker
Denmark / USA, 1951
maple, teak, leather
29½ w × 30 d × 32½ h in (75 × 76 × 83 cm)

Initially designed for the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the United Nations, the Delegates chair went through several design alterations before achieving its final form. Like the iconic Chieftain chair, the Delegates chair is rendered with hand-finished details and expressive armrests.Literature: Finn Juhl, Furniture, Architecture, Applied Art, Hiort, pg. 46-47, 74-75.

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $1,610

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Finn Juhl 1912–1989

Finn Juhl was a pioneering designer, famed for his organic, sculptural style, as well as a key proponent of bringing mid-century Scandinavian design to the wider world market. Born in Frederiksberg, Denmark in 1912, Juhl’s father was a textile wholesaler who insisted that his son pursue architecture, rather than studying art history, which was his real passion as a young man. In 1930, he enrolled in the Royal Danish Academy of Art’s School of Architecture in Copenhagan.

After graduating in 1934, Juhl went on to work for architect Vilhelm Lauritzen for eleven years. During this time, monumental shifts were taking place in architectural practice and theory; at the time, historicism was still the predominant style, with a surge of Neoclassism beginning around 1910. By the mid-1930s, functionalism had emerged as both a practical and aesthetic style to meet the changing needs of a rapidly modernizing society. Innovative materials and building methods were developed, creating an entirely new architectural language. Juhl worked on The Radio House (Radiohuset) in Copenhagan with Lauritzen, the headquarters of the national Danish broadcast company. Completed in 1945, it is one of the first major works built in Scandinavia in the prevailing functionalist style. 

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