Finn Juhl and Baker
Danish Modernism for Middle America
Baker Furniture, founded in 1890 by Dutch immigrant Siebe Baker just outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan, became a leading voice in mid-century furniture, introducing modernism and a global design sensibility to middle-class Americans. With a shared commitment to quality and craftsmanship, Finn Juhl partnered with Baker in 1951, producing the first line of Danish modern furniture for the American market. Juhl adapted some of the designs he had created with Niels Vodder for a mass-scale production run (changing some of the model numbers) as well as designed new pieces with the modern American home in mind. These designs endure for their classic combination of elegance and livability.
Baker Furniture Library / Finn Juhl Catalog, c. 1951
One cannot create happiness with beautiful objects, but one can spoil quite a lot of happiness with bad ones.