success in the US. He was introduced to the
country by Edgar Kaufmann Jr., Curator
of the Industrial Design Department at
The Museum of Modern Art and participated
in a number of exhibitions. He also had
his furniture on display in Georg Jensen, a
store which, at that time, was an important
hub for Scandinavian design in New York.
Juhl also did several prestigious furnishing
assignments, including one session hall in
the UN building in New York.
However, during the 1970s his popularity
began to decline because of changing ideals
towards style and design. But in 1982, Juhl’s
work underwent something of a renaissance
when he was the focus of an exhibit at the
Design Museum in Copenhagen. The 1980s
also saw a major awakening of interest in
his designs in Japan. The foremost private
collector of Finn Juhl’s work is based in
Japan and has built a copy of his house,
which was inaugurated in 2012 – on what
would have been the artist’s 100th birthday.
THERE IS CURRENTLY a huge interest in his
original furniture, and items are extremely
popular on the auction market. Some of
Juhl’s furniture are now back in production,
including his Grasshopper chair, which was
relaunched at the Salone del Mobile event
held in Milan in April. Up until then, the only
versions of this piece of furniture in existence
were the two originals produced in 1938.
When asked what was unique about Juhl’s
approach to furniture design, Eriksson says
“He looked at a chair with the experience and
knowledge of an architect. By using advanced
design, elegant solutions and innovative
materials in his furniture, he created a
unique design language.”
Take the opportunity to see this unique
retrospective exhibition at Nationalmuseum.
Nationalmuseum is Sweden’s art and design
museum. The collections comprise of paintings,
sculptures, drawings and prints from 1500–1900
and applied arts, designs and portraits from early
Middle ages up until present day.
What: Curator Susanne Ericsson presents the
exhibition Finn Juhl: Architectual Furniture Designer.
After work in the Glassbar.
When: August 22, 5 p.m. (book your ticket at
nationalmuseum.se). The exhibition is open until
September 22 (free entrance).
Where: Nationalmuseum, Södra
Blasieholmshamnen 2, Stockholm
Photo: Anders Sune Berg