Finn Juhl’s House


Finn Juhl’s House


Finn Juhl’s own house is a textbook example of Finn Juhl’s intention as an architect and furniture designer. He built the house on Kratvænget 15 in Ordrup, in 1942 on a 1,700 m² property, adjacent to Ordrupgaard park. Thanks to a remarkable private donation from Birgit Lyngbye Pedersen, the home is now a permanent part of Ordrupgaard. The doors opened to the public on 3 April 2008.

The house represents Finn Juhl’s interdisciplinary thinking, right down to the smallest detail. For Juhl, being an architect did not mean putting the building first, as much as attaining an interplay between the interior design and the materials and colors. Another detail of great importance, for Juhl, was the relation between the rooms and the influx of natural lights from the surrounding garden and woods. The interior design in the house, furniture and materials also set the scene for Finn Juhl’s personal collection of modernist arts and crafts, which along with the architecture, lights and colors create a unique experience.

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The House

Finn Juhl built the architecture from the inside and out. The facades were secondary to the interor scpace but at the same time there should be a balance between the wall surfaces, doors and windows.

The house is composed of two blocks standing at right-angles to each other. In one block is a large living room and a small study, while the second block houses the kitchen, dining room, bedrooms and bathroom. The two blocks are joined by an entrance hall which opens to the garden. The house is an early example of open-plan, with a characteristic view through its rooms. Although each room has its own clear function, it is always possible to look from one room to the next as you walk through the house and there is always a view of the garden, which is designed and built by landscape architect Troels Erstad. The ceilings are painted in pale light yellow and when they reflect the light from outside, they resemble the roof of a tent with light shining through. The house is brick-built and the facade is plastered in a grey-white shade which offers it a soft, matt effect. Consequently, the house appears light against the contrasting dark woodland backdrop.



All the furniture in the house is designed by Finn Juhl and many are the handcrafted furniture that was made ​​by cabinetmaker Niels Vodder for the Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition in 1937. Among other things you can experience some of Finn Juhl’s most iconic designs such as the FJ45 chair, the FJ46 chair and Høvdingestolen. Additionally, you can find examples of the slightly simpler industrially produced furniture such as Japan chair and Karmstolen.

FJ 44: Finn Juhl designed FJ44, also called Knoglestolen, as part of a dining room suite for the Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition in 1944. The chair was made ​​by cabinetmaker Niels Vodder in Cuban mahogany with a leather seat. FJ44 is one of the most difficult Finn Juhl chairs to make as it requires a highly skilled craftsman’s expertise. FJ44 is only produced in 12 copies and is considered among Finn Juhl’s absolute masterpieces. The chair is placed in one of the living room areas in a furniture group next to two FJ45 chairs and a built-in sofa.


FJ 45: This armchair was also produced by Niels Vodder, the occasion was Cabinetmakers’ Guild exhibition in 1945. In FJ45 Finn Juhl perfects a chair where the seat and back floats above the bearing wooden frames. This is said to be the chair that conclusively ruled Finn Juhl’s status as a design icon. According to Finn Juhl himself, he designed the chair in just four hours. You can find two FJ45 chairs in the living room area in a small furniture group with the FJ44 chair.


Høvdingestolen: Finn Juhl designed this chair for the Cabinetmakers’ Guild exhibition in 1949. Like the FJ44 and FJ45 chair, Høvdingestolen was produced by Niels Vodder. As a distinctive trait of many of Finn Juhl’s chairs the seat, armrests and back are separated from the supporting frame. The chair is inspired by the forms of so-called primitive people’s weapons and utensils. Today Høvdingestolen is considered one of Finn Juhl’s masterpieces. The chair is located in the middle of the room near the fireplace, overlooking the garden.



Initially, Finn Juhl wanted to study art history at the university and although he ended up studying architecture the arts remained a continuing source of inspiration. Juhl practiced his inspiration in his own home through the decor with modern arts and crafts by artists like Asger Jorn, William Lundstøm, Egill Jacobsen, Richard Mortensen, Erik and Anna Thommesen .Finn Juhl believed that the modern- free forms and colors in the arts and crafts were an inseparable part of modern home decor. Below you can see a small selection of artworks from the house.

In the corner of the elongated living room you can find this painting, Portrait of Hanne Wilhelm Hansen, 1946 made by Danish artist Vilhelm Lundstrom. It is a portrait of Finn Juhl’s  second wife, Hanne Wilhelm Hansen.


On the light yellow walls of the dining room you can find this painting with the title Syttakromba, 1940 by the internationally renowned Danish artist Asger Jorn.

Asger-Jorn lille

In the study in the house, you can experience one of Finn Juhl’s own artworks. To Krukker, 1934 is situated above Juhl’s work desk.

FJ-To-krukker lille

Sculpture by Svend Wiig Hansen, Liggende Kvinde, unknown year . The sculpture is located next to Høvdingestolen in elongated living room near the fireplace.

Svend-Wiig-skulptur lille
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