Danish design was born in mid-20th century, and is characterized by simplicity and functionality of buildings, furniture and household objects. Style was influenced by Bauhaus school. One of the designers of this movement was Finn Juhl, who introduced Danish Modern to America. Juhl’s pieces were represented in Museum of Modern Art in New York. His works are still on display in many museums, as well as public and private spaces.
Regarding furniture design, Juhl payed attention not only on functionality but also on the colors. His famous cabinets illustrate designer’s desire to explore the place of the color in furniture design.
Finn Juhl was inspired by modern art, especially by Picasso and Henry Moore. This fact reflected on his design, especially on Sofa 46, that was designed in 50s.
”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.
Photographs courtesy of FinnJuhl.com