Finn Juhl's furniture design
Finn Juhl was trained as an all-round building architect, but he was primarily known as a furniture designer. Indeed he himself often emphasised that as a furniture designer, he was purely autodidact.
He made his own way as a designer and became a sort of father figure for the new Teak style. He worked with new methods of treating the wood and construction, and his designs were groundbreaking. His furniture was a combination of organic shapes and fine detail; it was also very comfortable. He broke away from the rigid geometric traditional furniture, characterised by contemporaries such as Kaare Klint, and he introduced a new furniture aesthetic both to the Danish market and abroad. His aim was to combine quality craftsmanship, functionality and aesthetic pleasure.
He had the first pieces of furniture made by a furniture joiner Niels Vodder, and this was the beginning of an extremely successful partnership between the creative architect and the skilled craftsman. Today, Finn Juhl’s furniture stands in private homes, in various public spaces such as many SAS ticket offices around the world, as well as at many museums of industrial design in the USA, Europe, Japan, Australia and elsewhere.