Finn Juhl ‘model 137’ Japan fauteuil & ottoman for France & Son set/3

Finn Juhl ‘model 137’ Japan fauteuil & ottoman for France & Son set/3

Finn Juhl
France & Søn
Fabric, teak
beige, brass, teak
Good consistent with age and use.
chairs: 67,5cm (w) x 74cm (d) x 73cm (h) | seath 31cm ottoman: 61cm(w) x53cm (d) 34cm (h)
sold, locate Brisbane
See description below.

Finn Juhl’s model 137 ‘Japan’ chair was designed in 1953 for France & Søn. It’s teak frame takes inspiration from the Miyajima water gate in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima, and Juhl considered it a low easy chair suited for reading & relaxing ideally.

As a young man, Juhl hoped to become an art historian, but his father steered him into a more practical course of study in architecture. He began designing furniture in the late 1930s, a discipline in which, despite his education, Juhl was self-taught, and quite proud of the fact. His earliest works, designed in the late 1930s, are perhaps his most idiosyncratic.

Along with Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen and Børge Mogensen, Finn Juhl was one of the great masters of mid-20th-century Danish design. Juhl was the first among that group to have his work promoted overseas, bringing the character of the nation’s furnishings and the inherent principles of grace, craftsmanship and utility on which they were based to an international audience. A stylistic maverick, Juhl embraced expressive, free-flowing shapes in chair and sofa designs much earlier than his colleagues, yet even his quietest pieces incorporate supple, curving forms that are at once elegant and ergonomic.

This set of two plus the ottoman are in good condition consistent with age and use. The fabric is about 20 years ago re-upholstered and the framing is in amazingly beautiful condition.

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