Finn Juhl – Portfolio
Although Finn Juhl was a qualified building architect, he never made more than about five houses, two of which were holiday cottages, and a few projects that never got beyond the drawing board. The reason for this might be that Finn Juhl was categorized as a furniture designer rather than an architect. In connection with his employment at the architect Vilhelm Lauritzen’s studio Finn Juhl was involved with the realization of the new Radio House which was finished in 1945. Thereafter, the company won the competition to visualize Copenhagen Airport. In addition to his own house was Finn Juhl was the architect behind the following houses:
The cottage in Asserbo, Denmark, was built in 1950. Characteristic to Finn Juhl, the ground plan was carefully conceived. As in Villa Aubertin the windows are positioned so that the light is utilized in the best possible way, both in the form of large windows facing east, as well as high-level, small windows facing north.
Villa Aubertin was built in 1952 in Nakskov, Denmark, commissioned by timber merchant M. Aubertin and his wife, who were both great admirers of Finn Juhl. They also ordered all built-in interior design and furniture by Finn Juhl. The villa stands as a “total concept” of design and architecture in the same way as Finn Juhl’s own house.
The cottage in Rågeleje, Denmark, was built in 1962. On the outside the house seems simple and unpretentious and beautifully merges into the landscape. Inside, there is an obvious emphasis on detail and most of the furniture is of Finn Juhl’s own design.
For Finn Juhl being an architect was not merely about buildings but rather striving to attain a cohenrence between the exterior and the interior design of a building. From 1945-1955 he was a Senior Teacher at the School of Interior Design where he accentuated the importance of interior design.
Finn Juhl’s first extensive interior design project was the Bing & Grondahl store on Amagertorv in Copenhagen in 1946. A notable feature about this store was that the goods were placed on shelves, in cabinets and on tables around the store, making the store look more like an exhibition space than a store. The materials and lighting were carefully considered. For instance, the teak wood for the shelves and tables were oiled but not varnished, whereas it encompassed a matte appearance with a soft surface, as a contrast to the cool and hard porcelain.
During 1948 Finn Juhl designs Sven Schaumans flower shop at Kongens Nytorv, Copenhagen.
Finn Juhl’s most prominent interior design job was the complete furnishings of the Trusteeship Council Chamber at UN Headquarters in New York from 1950-1952. With this project Finn Juhl gained great recognition on an international level.
In 1952 Finn Juhl designs the interior of the Georg Jensen store on Fifth Avenue in New York. In addition, he was also the designs the interior of other Georg Jensen stores around the world including Toronto and New Bond Street in London.
In the period from 1955-1961 Finn Juhl designs the furniture company France & Daverkosen’s offices and SAS’ ticket offices in Europe and Asia. He then proceeds to design the interior of the SAS’ DC-8 aircrafts.
In 1960 Finn Juhl furnishes the ambassador’s home in the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington D.C.
See a chronological list of Finn Juhl’s works here.