Slow is Fast
August 18, 2022

10 Designer’s Villa Series: House of Finn Juhl

From the outside, Finn Juhl’s house on the outskirts of Copenhagen looks very simple. Boring almost. But once inside, the gentle Scandinavian light pours in from the wide terrace doors and large windows and is further reflected off the soft white walls. As the Ordrupgaard museum that looks after his property explains: “His house is a textbook example of his project as an architect and as a furniture designer”. Considered as one of the most influential Danish designers of his times, with Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl (1912-1989) built his home in 1941-2 as a place to regroup all art forms. Set aside the paintings on the walls, handpicked from contemporary fellow artists, he designed everything himself, right down to everyday items such as cutlery and crockery. Scattered around the house, some of his most famous chairs like the Chieftain Chair, FJ 45, FJ 46, FJ 48, Egyptian Chair (inspired by Egyptian sail boats) and The Poet banquette (1941) are on display alongside a clever Shelf System (1952) and Chest of Drawers (1961). As the legendary Finn Juhl used to put it in 1952, “a chair isn’t simply a product in a room, it is a design and a room in itself”.