Finn Juhl, Casa dell'autore, Copenhagen (Danemark), 1950

Finn Juhl, Casa dell’autore, Copenhagen (Danemark), 1950

Finn Juhl was a Danish architect, interior and industrial designer from the 20th century. He is most known for his furniture design. He was one of the leading figures in Danish design and during the 1940’s he played an important role in making this kind of design known in America.

The Danish design, created by Juhl, is a modernistic design but is different from the mainstream of that time because it is more organic. He sculpts a piece of furniture and asks constructively the most of its materials and joints. Movement and life are 2 keywords in his idea behind every piece of furniture. Further he was known for his ability to separate the carrying part from the part that has to be carried. In this way he creates furniture that sometimes looks like it is floating.

The house of Finn Juhl is located in Odrup, near the Odrupgaard park. It is totally designed by Juhl, inside and out, until the very last detail. Juhl found it very important to bring as much natural light in as possible. By putting a lot of windows in every direction he makes this possible. The windows have also a second purpose; they form connections between the rooms inside and the nature outside. Relations between the different rooms and between the inside and the outside is also a keyconcept in his design. It is an early form of an open plan although there are clearly enclosed rooms. The open plan is realised by the relations. Juhl likes to use a lot of colour and wood, but unlike you would expect, it doesn’t clash. The whole building, architecture and interior design forms a whole.

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Authors: Armand Perrot, Louise Daugas, Sara De Boeck