The Danish School of design was influenced by the Bauhaus school and emerged in the mid-20th century. The style is characterised by simplicity and functionality of buildings, furniture, and household objects. Finn Juhl is considered to be one of the more important designers of this movement and his work is in the collection of leading museums like MoMA. Juhl paid particular attention not only to functionality but also to the use of colour. His famous cabinets illustrate the desire to explore the place of the colour in furniture design.
Juhl was inspired by modern art including the work of Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore, seen in designs such as the 1950s Sofa 46.
”I have always dreamt of becoming an artist, and I have always
pursued that dream. But I’ve had to realize, that I wouldn’t make
it as a painter, a sculptor or a musician. I have tried, but only in
private,” – Finn Juhl.
Today Finn Juhl’s furniture is produced in both Denmark and Japan. In Juhl’s view, furniture should not have a front and a back. One should be able to view his pieces of furniture from all angles, since they are the focal point of the room, and he primarily placed furniture away from the walls. Finn Juhl’s “from the inside and out”-philosophy is today used as a model for userdriven innovation in modern industrial design.
Finn Juhl worked with a theory which he called “from the inside and out” His idea was that furniture created the room, and the room created the facade. This theory dictated his furniture design as well as his interior undertakings.
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