THE NAME FINN JUHL may not be as
much of a household name as Bruno
Mathsson or Hans J. Wegner, especially
given that he is described as something of
an anonymous figure among the throng of
classic Scandinavian furniture designers.
“If you ask anyone who isn’t an insider, few
people will mention Finn Juhl, which is why
it was particularly fun to be able to do an
exhibit focusing on his work”, says Susanne
Eriksson, Curator at Nationalmuseum.
Eriksson has curated the exhibition
Finn Juhl: Furniture Architect, which
contains furniture, handicrafts and art
collected from Finn Juhl’s home in Ordrup,
a home that he both designed and furnished
in 1942. After Juhl’s death, the house was
bought by a person who donated the property
to the Ordrupgaard Museum in 2008. “To
recreate the interiors of a house from 1942 in
an exhibition hall from 1866 was extremly
challenging”, says Eriksson. The exhibition
has therefore been split into different tracks
that tells the story of Finn Juhl’s career,
illustrated with furniture he designed, works
of art, handicrafts and huge photographs of
So who was this furniture designer?
Finn Juhl, 1912–1989, was a house architect.
However, he only produced drawings for
about ten houses, instead he became a
leading furniture designer. Together with
Master Cabinetmaker Niels Vodder, he produced
furniture in smaller editions. “I think
he was a huge perfectionist”, says Eriksson.
Finn Juhl’s furniture is characterized by an
extreme eye for details, as well as innovative
design and combination of materials.
The 1950s was a boom period for Scandinavian
design and Juhl enjoyed enormous
Photo: Anna Danielsson