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Finn Juhl Chieftain Chair

by Finn Juhl from house of finn juhl

finn juhl chieftain chair

Design Finn Juhl, 1949
Solid oak or walnut, leather
Made in Denmark by House of Finn Juhl

"There had been so many small, handy chairs, so I probably felt like designing something a bit more pompous." - Finn Juhl

An icon within furniture. The Chieftain Chair is considered one of Finn Juhl's absolute masterpieces, representing the peak of his career as a furniture designer. At its introduction in 1949, the chair marked a renewal of the Danish furniture design tradition. Today, the Chieftain Chair is perceived as one of the most important exponents of the Danish Modern movement in the US during the 1950s. For this reason, Finn Juhl is often considered the founding father of Danish Modern. Inspired by modern art and foreign cultures, the Chieftain Chair with its organic shapes, liberated itself from traditional Danish furniture design and strict functionalism in both shape, construction and materials.

The Chieftain Chair is probably the most well-known piece of all of Finn Juhl's chairs and a powerful design, which not only dominates in size and extravagance but also needs a lot of space around it to do itself justice. It is in true and proper fashion a chieftain. Finn Juhl was however quite modest about the development process of the chair, and did not have any expectations of its greatness. Originally conceived with nothing more than a pencil and a blank sheet of paper.

When it comes to Finn Juhl, compromising is not an option. House of Finn Juhl manufactures the furniture with the same values and in the same quality as it was originally intended. Without this approach it would not be possible to achieve the unique finish and delicate details that is Finn Juhl's trademark. Materials of the highest quality are the basis for creating elegant, comfortable and durable pieces of furniture that will last for generations. The Chieftain Collection is completed by the Lounge, Sofa, and Footstool.

39.4" w | 34.7" d | 36.4" h | seat: 13.6" h

$18,446.00 + free shipping
(please allow 8-12 weeks for shipment)
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Finn Juhl

Finn Juhl aimed at a more organic and natural design form without role models or inherited restrictions. He designed by measuring his own body and analyzing how the individual components of the chair should carry the human body.
Finn Juhl’s design universe is a joyful journey of shapes, aesthetics and inspiration. These classic Danish Modern masterpieces are authorized, licensed & manufactured in Denmark with respect for heritage and quality.


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