The craftsman’s ability to form is probably the same as that of a sculptor. A chair is not just a product of decorative art in a space; it is a form and a space in itself… furniture is furniture, not sculpture. But both fields involve the work of giving form.

Finn Juhl

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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Upcoming Lots Finn Juhl

FINN JUHL, Rendering for the Baker Chieftain chair | wright20.com

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Finn Juhl

Rendering for the Baker Chieftain chair

estimate: $3,000–5,000
FINN JUHL, Dining chairs model SW 86, set of four | wright20.com

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Finn Juhl

Dining chairs model SW 86, set of four

estimate: $3,000–5,000

Auction Results Finn Juhl

FINN JUHL, Chieftain lounge chair | wright20.com

Finn Juhl

Chieftain lounge chair

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $93,750
FINN JUHL, custom wall-mounted sofa from the Villa K. Kokfeldt, Hellerup, Denmark | wright20.com

Finn Juhl

custom wall-mounted sofa from the Villa K. Kokfeldt, Hellerup, Denmark

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $75,000
FINN JUHL, rare lounge chairs model NV-45, pair | wright20.com

Finn Juhl

rare lounge chairs model NV-45, pair

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $75,000
FINN JUHL, Early Chieftain lounge chair | wright20.com

Finn Juhl

Early Chieftain lounge chair

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $50,000
FINN JUHL, Rare armchairs with adjustable backs, pair | wright20.com

Finn Juhl

Rare armchairs with adjustable backs, pair

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $45,000
FINN JUHL, dining chairs, set of eight | wright20.com

Finn Juhl

dining chairs, set of eight

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $44,850
FINN JUHL, Egyptian chairs, set of eight | wright20.com

Finn Juhl

Egyptian chairs, set of eight

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $43,200
FINN JUHL, rare Egyptian chairs, set of eight | wright20.com

Finn Juhl

rare Egyptian chairs, set of eight

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $42,500
FINN JUHL, Chieftain chair | wright20.com

Finn Juhl

Chieftain chair

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $42,000
FINN JUHL, lounge chairs model NV-45, pair | wright20.com

Finn Juhl

lounge chairs model NV-45, pair

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $40,000
FINN JUHL, Egyptian chairs, set of ten | wright20.com

Finn Juhl

Egyptian chairs, set of ten

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $40,000
FINN JUHL, rare settee, model NV-45 | wright20.com

Finn Juhl

rare settee, model NV-45

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $40,000
FINN JUHL, NV45 lounge chairs, pair | wright20.com

Finn Juhl

NV45 lounge chairs, pair

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $37,500
FINN JUHL, rare sofa | wright20.com

Finn Juhl

rare sofa

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $37,500
FINN JUHL, lounge chairs model NV-45, pair | wright20.com

Finn Juhl

lounge chairs model NV-45, pair

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $32,500
FINN JUHL, armchairs model NV-46, pair | wright20.com

Finn Juhl

armchairs model NV-46, pair

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $32,500