Collection by Kelsey Keith

Finn Juhl Centennial at Designmuseum Danmark

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This fall we had the opportunity to pay a visit to Copenhagen, Denmark, where design buffs and locals alike are honoring what would have been the 100th birthday of one of the most influential (and yet somehow, still relatively under the radar) Danish designer, Finn Juhl. Designmuseum Danmark—worth a visit for its permanent collection alone, a trip through the Danish craft tradition—is exhibiting a hit list of Juhl's best work through the end of 2012 in a show called "Furniture for the Senses." What's especially incredible about Juhl's furniture is how ahead of its time it is: expressive, playful, colorful, plush, and not what you might expect from something designed in the early 1940s.

The main exhibition gallery for Designmuseum Danmark's Finn Juhl centennial exhibition, "Furniture for the Senses." The...
One of our favorite Juhl collections is the sideboard and low side table (not pictured) with gradient-color sliding...
Two bright red Poet sofas face off in the vestibule leading into "Furniture for the Senses." Juhl designed the sofas in...
Left, the Pelican double chair, designed in 1940 and still rather outré in terms of its radical silhouette.
One of the most fascinating parts of the Finn Juhl exhibition at Designmuseum Danmark is the in-depth archive section...
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The same 45 Chair upholstered in a mod yellow.
The Double Chieftain Chair (right), designed in 1949 and fabricated from teak, bent plywood, and leather, is one of...
That adjusts ingeniously with small leather cords on its back.
More expressive furniture by Juhl, including the groovy Ross Coffee Table (1948).
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