Japan Two-Seater Sofa

Even with the Japan Sofa's simple construction, Finn Juhl remained true to his idea of emphasizing the distinction between the carried and carrying elements by separating the backrest from the supporting frame using brass brackets.

Design  Finn Juhl, 1957
Manufacturer  House of Finn Juhl
Made in  Denmark
Dimensions  W 121cm x D 70cm x H 78cm / SH 35cm (47.6" x 27.5" x H30.7" / SH13.8")
Colour & Materiality Frame: Walnut or oak; Upholstery: Fabric or leather. Other upholsteries available please contact us at [email protected]


The sublime simplicity of the Japan Sofa is a far cry from some of Finn Juhl's earliest furniture designs and is inspired by traditional Japanese building techniques. The solid horizontal backrest, resting on the slightly tapered legs, is a reference to a Japanese temple door. The backrest ends in a circular recess, adding an optically refined impression with great effect. That was very typical of Finn Juhl, who famously said that deviation is in the detail.

Finn Juhl’s partnership with the furniture manufacturer France & Son gave birth to a series of furniture well-suited for industrial production, while staying true to the ideals of simple designs that reigned in the 1950s.

The most famous example of this cooperation is probably the Japan Series from 1957, which consists of a lounge chair, footstool, two-seater and three-seater sofa.