Danish architect and designer

Finn Juhl

(1912 - 1989)

1930-34 he studies architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, and then works for Vilhelm Lauritzen, the leading architect of Danish Modernism and in 1944 receives the CF Hansen medal. Finn Juhl influences Scandinavian design significantly and as one of the first also gets international recognition.
Since 1945 Juhl teaches at the Copenhagen School of Interior Design and also opens his own office for furniture and interior design. Together with Niels Vodder he starts on furniture design in 1937. An article in the journal 'Interiors' of 1948, in which the American architect and author Edgar Kaufmann exclusively presents Juhl's works, marks his breakthrough in the United States. Three years later he designs two dozen pieces of furniture for an exhibition in Chicago. From that time the US company Baker Furniture produces his furniture industrially. Finn Juhl receives multiple awards at the Triennale in Milan in 1954 and 1957. In the 1950s and 1960s, Juhl designs numerous interiors, for the Danish Embassy in Washington DC, as well as offices and the interior of an SAS aircraft. His style influences not only Scandinavian design, eg. Peter Hvidt, but the global success of Danish interior design. Wellknown are his furniture designs in the 50s organic style, for which he often uses high-quality woods. Especially his teak furniture was seminal in Germany.