This design first debuted at the 1945 Copenhagan Cabinetmaker's Guild Exhibition, which ran annually from 1927 to 1966, highlighting the best in Danish furniture. Finn Juhl and Niels Vodder presented a room for a managing director that included a charming coffee table, a settee and the NV-45 lounge chair, one of Juhl and Vodder's most iconic designs.

Juhl's and Vodder's showroom at the Cabinetmaker's Guild in 1945, featuring the NV-45

"The most beautiful design to come out of this process is an armchair in walnut, the frame of which is beautifully modelled, organic like bone, well-suited to provide support for the muscles of the arm and to carry the weight of the body...[a] fortunate mix of elegance and strength."

Erik Herløw, architect

Finn Juhl

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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