Finn Juhl 1912–1989

Finn Juhl was a pioneering designer, famed for his organic, sculptural style, as well as a key proponent of bringing mid-century Scandinavian design to the wider world market. Born in Frederiksberg, Denmark in 1912, Juhl’s father was a textile wholesaler who insisted that his son pursue architecture, rather than studying art history, which was his real passion as a young man. In 1930, he enrolled in the Royal Danish Academy of Art’s School of Architecture in Copenhagan.

After graduating in 1934, Juhl went on to work for architect Vilhelm Lauritzen for eleven years. During this time, monumental shifts were taking place in architectural practice and theory; at the time, historicism was still the predominant style, with a surge of Neoclassism beginning around 1910. By the mid-1930s, functionalism had emerged as both a practical and aesthetic style to meet the changing needs of a rapidly modernizing society. Innovative materials and building methods were developed, creating an entirely new architectural language. Juhl worked on The Radio House (Radiohuset) in Copenhagan with Lauritzen, the headquarters of the national Danish broadcast company. Completed in 1945, it is one of the first major works built in Scandinavia in the prevailing functionalist style.

Auction Results Finn Juhl

FINN JUHL, lounge chairs model NV-45, pair | ragoarts.com

Finn Juhl

lounge chairs model NV-45, pair

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $47,500
FINN JUHL, bench | ragoarts.com

Finn Juhl

bench

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $8,750
FINN JUHL, ottoman | ragoarts.com

Finn Juhl

ottoman

estimate: $500–700
result: $938
FINN JUHL, Diplomat table | ragoarts.com

Finn Juhl

Diplomat table

estimate: $700–900
FINN JUHL, Judas Dining Table | ragoarts.com

Finn Juhl

Judas Dining Table

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $20,000
FINN JUHL, Diplomat desk | ragoarts.com

Finn Juhl

Diplomat desk

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,625
FINN JUHL, NV-45 lounge chair | ragoarts.com

Finn Juhl

NV-45 lounge chair

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $10,000
FINN JUHL, Pair of NV-46 chairs | ragoarts.com

Finn Juhl

Pair of NV-46 chairs

estimate: $7,500–10,000
FINN JUHL, Lounge chair | ragoarts.com

Finn Juhl

Lounge chair

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,250
FINN JUHL, Pair of NV-46 chairs | ragoarts.com

Finn Juhl

Pair of NV-46 chairs

estimate: $7,500–10,000
result: $7,500
FINN JUHL, Pair of NV-53 lounge chairs | ragoarts.com

Finn Juhl

Pair of NV-53 lounge chairs

estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $15,000
FINN JUHL, Three cabinets | ragoarts.com

Finn Juhl

Three cabinets

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,000