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Design: Finn Juhl, 1944
Materials: Oak or walnut
Dimensions: W61cm x D52cm x H74cm / Seat height 47cm
Together with master cabinetmaker Niels Vodder, Finn Juhl presented the 44 Chair at the Cabinetmakers' Exhibition in 1944. Together they challenged how far one could go with wood as the key material. The Bone Chair was originally made from Cuban mahogany, and only 12 chairs were produced. Although Finn Juhl did not acquire a chair for himself at the time, he remedied this 30 years later by purchasing two chairs from one of the original buyers. At that point, Finn Juhl stated that the chair had now become a classic - and, above all, his personal favourite.
With the 44 Chair, Finn Juhl formed a piece of wood into an organic, bone-like shape, earning it the distinctive nickname the Bone Chair. Finn Juhl described the chair's appearance in 1944 as having "an animalistic pleasing character". Like nature's own constructions, the strength of the wood is utilized to the maximum, with the mass distributed where it is needed most. When studying the 44 Chair, this becomes strikingly apparent.
The 44 Chair imposes high demands on the dimensions and quality of the wood. Prior to use, the wood must undergo a three-year storage and drying practice. The production process is also incredibly time-consuming, and the chair is only made by the most skilled and experienced Japanese cabinetmakers. For this reason, House of Finn Juhl can only supply very few of this sought-after collector's item. In 2023, only 100 chairs will be manufactured in total, which will be distributed and sold through the official Finn Juhl retailers worldwide. After this, a minimum of three years will pass before a new series of chairs becomes available.