Monday, September 17, 2012

Finn Juhl's centenary

Various exhibitions and wonderful auctions sales (Bruun Rasmussen, Denmark, Sept., 18-27 celebrate Finn Juhl this month.

In Paris, do not miss Dansk Mobelskunst's :

"Dansk Møbelkunst marks the 10th anniversary of its Paris gallery with an exhibition celebrating the centenary of renowned Danish architect Finn Juhl

Dining Chair, 1953, Borvirke

A master of organic and innovative furniture, Finn Juhl is widely recognized as a leading designer of the 20th century. In the 1940s Juhl broke with the established furniture tradition, designing a number of expressive and sculptural creations that regenerated Danish furniture design and paved the way for the international recognition of modernist Danish furniture.

Finn Juhl’s design is characterized by an original and unmistakable artistic touch. For Juhl the mantra “form follows function” did not suffice. On the contrary, the understanding of furniture as being closely related to the experimental idioms of fine art was very important to him. In 1952 he wrote: “The craftsman’s ability to form is probably the same as that of a sculptor. A chair is not just a product of decorative art in a space; it is a form and a space in itself". Juhl often found inspiration in contemporary art, in particular in the organic forms of modern abstract sculpture. His furniture is characterized by a playful and light elegance and he is known as a pioneer of the organic variant of international modernism.
The Paris exhibition will showcase a selection of Finn Juhl’s most exquisite pieces. Among them the much admired “NV-45 chair”, designed for the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition in 1945. In this chair the seat and back float above the wooden frame accentuating the balance between 'the supporting' and 'the supported' elements – creating a very organic, light and slender form. Another greatly recognized and rare piece on show is the 'Judas' table designed in 1949. Made of teak with a sophisticated pattern of inlayed silver 'coins', this oval dining table is one of Juhl’s most notable works and a highly sought after collector’s item.
The exhibition opens with a reception Friday 14 September from 6-9pm and continues until 27 October."
Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery
53 bis, Quai des Grands Augustins
75006 Paris
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 11am - 7pm

"Judas Table", Niels Vodder, 1949

Kay Bojesen, Bowl, 1951

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