Monday, January 23, 2012

Danish Museum Danmark : "Sense of Furniture - Finn Juhl 100"

Designmuseum Danmark celebrates the 100th anniversary of furniture designer Finn Juhl’s birth with a series of special events and an exhibition where visitors can touch and experience the details in some of his organic masterpieces and study his original water colours and working drawings from the museum’s collection, which recently underwent conservation. (10 February - 31 December 2012)Sensory furniture
Designmuseum Danmark’s celebration of the Finn Juhl anniversary features multiple elements. The main attraction is an exhibition in the rooms in front of the store by the lobby. Here, selected examples of Finn Juhl furniture from Onecollection’s new production line are on display. This means that for once the audience can touch and sit in the furniture – and gain a first-hand experience of Finn Juhl’s original furniture design that goes beyond the visual impression. In this room, Finn Juhl’s unique and recently restored original watercolours of these furniture types are also on display. The furniture is thus placed into a larger exhibition context supplemented by film and other documentary material. A small catalogue will be published in connection with the exhibition.
Finn Juhl – an artistic furniture designer

As a young man, Finn Juhl dreamt of becoming an art historian. His profound understanding of international contemporary art as well as historical art remained an important platform throughout his career. He became one of the leading furniture designers of the 20th century and had a strong artistic touch. Throughout his life he always emphasised that as a furniture maker he was self-taught. He had trained as a building architect but never had the time to complete his studies. He only designed a couple of summer cottages and a bungalow, all characterized by radically modernist spatial sequences.
Finn Juhl began his career as a furniture maker in the 1930s, and unlike his fellow designers who were trained cabinetmakers, he made heavy, upholstered furniture. From the beginning, his furniture stood out in stark contrast to the leading furniture professor Kaare Klint and his students’ rational, traditional and geometric design. Juhl did not favour the idea of simply continuing the line of tradition but also drew inspiration from other sources, particularly contemporary art. As a result, his furniture not only resembled sculptures by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Erik Thommesen but was often displayed alongside works by these artists."

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