Finn Juhl's interior design
Finn Juhl designed the interiors for a total of 33 SAS ticket offices around the world, as well as the interior of SAS’s DC-8 airliners.
Finn Juhl’s first large interior design project was the Bing & Grøndahl store on Amagertorv in Copenhagen. Characteristic for this store was that goods were placed on shelves, in display cabinets and on tables around in the store so that it resembled a showroom more than a shop. The materials and lighting were meticulously thought through and selected. The teak used in the store was oiled and not varnished, and therefore it took on a soft and matt appearance, which contrasted with the cold, hard porcelain.
Finn Juhl was also responsible for the interior design in Georg Jensen stores around the world, including in Toronto and in New Bond Street, London as well as exhibition pavilions for Danish design.
In 1950 he started on ”The Trusteeship Chamber” in the UN headquarters in New York. The project brought him widespread recognition at international level.
Finn Juhl collated his views on interior design in a book ”Hjemmets Indretning”. These views can be seen put into practice in the home at Kratvænget. Finn Juhl decorated his home in Charlottenlund with contemporary art, with works by Danish artists such as Egill Jacobsen, Vilhelm Lundstøm and Richard Mortensen. This was a dream come true for Juhl as he believed that design and art helped create a home and added balance and cohesion. Juhl put his ideas into practice in his own home.
General characteristics of Finn Juhl’s interior design are the very careful selection of materials and colours as well as the integration of functionality and aesthetics.