Before the ‘new Nordic’ homeware companies rose in popularity; some fifty years earlier Danish architects and furniture designers revolutionised the look and functionality of contemporary homes forever.
Known as the ‘Danish Modern’ movement, from the 1930s to the end of the 1960s, the Danes dominated the interiors scene across the world. Their lasting legacy, which still inspires so many of us today, is testament to their pioneering vision and aesthetic thinking.
One of the most celebrated personalities of this golden age was none other than, Finn Juhl.
Holistic approach to design
A trained architect, furniture maker and accomplished painter, Finn Juhl is famed for his sculptural chairs, bold cabinets and refined homewares.
I’ve written before about how my experience of visiting Finn Juhl’s home just outside Copenhagen, as well as his holistic approach to design, has influenced my own sense of interior style.
So you can imagine how excited I was to hear from one of my favourite Danish brands, Architectmade about a very special series they have created in his honour.
Distinctive shapes and tones
The ‘FJ Pattern’ has been developed from a series of watercolours made by Finn Juhl in 1954. The original works, with their distinctive shapes and tones, are still held in the archives of Designmuseum Denmark. From this initial reference point, Architectmade translated them into a number of elegant and cosy textiles.
The warm blue and grey organic cotton throw, bedspread and pillows have a true sense of understated opulence about them. While their texture and soft feel is honest and pure.
Objects that matter
Finn Juhl saw the whole experience of where and how we live as one complete work of art. By combining his fondness for colour and simple shapes the distinction between outside architecture and interior design blurred. With everything from the exterior masonry through to the furniture, lighting and textiles inside binding together to create subtle atmospheric homes filled with objects that matter.
Like Juhl himself Architectmade always work closely on the details. When I toured the company’s studio last year, I saw for myself the three rigorous rounds of quality control every product has to pass before being hand packed and distributed to retailers across the world.
Thanks to Architectmade and the FJ Pattern, another modern interpretation of a classic design can now be enjoyed everyday and the spirit of Finn Juhl continues to live on.
All items are available now, to find out more visit the Architectmade website.
All images courtesy of Architectmade.