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Settee - Model FJ 48

Model FJ 48

  • Object:

    Settee

  • Place of origin:

    Denmark (designed)
    Denmark (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1948 (designed)
    1948-1969 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Juhl, Finn, born 1912 - died 1989 (designer)
    Vodder, Neils (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Teak, leather, foam rubber

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.451-1969

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

It is clear that the shape of this neat little settee developed by doubling up two chairs. The chair in question was launched by the designer Finn Juhl and the cabinet maker Niels Vodder at the Copenhagen Cabinet Makers' Guild exhibition in 1948, where it was noted that "… Just as last year, it was unquestionably Finn Juhl who led the way. Above all, his pieces are beautiful - considered as works of art." But the chairs "were not really comfortable to sit in for the average person. The dimensions were somewhat too generous."

Finn Juhl was a master of sculptural, organic forms and natural materials, and learned from both handcraft traditions and mass-production techniques. His furniture defined modern mid-twentieth-century Danish design and was influential throughout Europe and North America.

Physical description

Small two-seater settee made of teak with seat and back panels of degraded tan leather upholstery over foam rubber padding.

Place of Origin

Denmark (designed)
Denmark (manufactured)

Date

1948 (designed)
1948-1969 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Juhl, Finn, born 1912 - died 1989 (designer)
Vodder, Neils (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Teak, leather, foam rubber

Dimensions

Height: 79 cm, Width: 141 cm, Depth: 66 cm

Descriptive line

Settee, model FJ 48, designed by Finn Juhl, 1948, manufactured by Neils Vodder, Denmark; teak, leather, foam rubber

Production Note

The settee was acquired just prior to the opening of the Modern Chairs exhibition (although it was not included in it) and the date span allows that it may have been newly manufactured at that time.

Materials

Teak; Leather; Foam rubber

Techniques

Upholstery

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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