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Design Finn Juhl
Manufacturer House of Finn Juhl
Made in Denmark
Dimensions W 52cm x D 58cm x H 74cm x SH 45cm
Colour & Materiality Frame: Oak/walnut, black painted; Veneered seat: Walnut; Upholstered seat: Fabric, leather
In 1953 the architect Finn Juhl designed a small elegant dining chair for the company Bovirke.
The chair is called “Reading Chair” because of the horizontal frame, ending the back. The Reading Chair is very comfortable and allows many seating possibilities, which is typical for Finn Juhl’s furniture. You can even sit backwards on the chair resting the arms on the frame.
The Reading Chair’s frame is made in oak, with back and top available in either teak or walnut. The seat can be upholstered with fabric or leather. Furthermore, a black stained version of the chair is also available.
As one of the leading figures in twentieth century furniture design, Finn Juhl is responsible for introducing North America to the Danish Modern movement through his work on the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Originally trained as an architect, he began creating furniture for himself in the 1930's and soon gained widespread recognition for his organic forms and expressive treatment of wood, often taking the material past the limits of what was thought possible. Thinking with the mindset of a sculptor, his ambition was to design furniture with movement and life.