On a glorious summer’s day back in 2015 I visited a very special Danish house, that of the legendary architect and furniture designer Finn Juhl.
What I experienced on this trip has stayed with me ever since and continues to influence how I decorate my own home today.
Humble and unassuming
Set in a leafy suburb, just a thirty minute drive north of Copenhagen, and sitting adjacent to the classical mansion, now museum, of Ordrupgaard. This humble and unassuming 1940s building highlights his life’s work and is a total must visit.
A treasured landmark of design history, Juhl’s home has been beautifully preserved to reflect how he truly lived; books remain on the shelves, trays are propped up on the kitchen counter, the objects he collected while travelling still on display.
As you walk around taking in every carefully curated detail you really do feel as if the man himself has just stepped out into the garden for a moment.
An artists approach
Though he trained as an architect at the Royal Danish Academy, Finn Juhl’s primary focus was furniture, rather than building design. Instead of thinking in terms of practical construction, Finn Juhl took an artist’s approach, organically shaping a piece of furniture or everyday item into a seamless organic, natural form. Often using his own body to determine measurements and proportions.
A huge influence on generations of Scandinavian designers, the pieces he created, just like his home, balance functional practicality with an understated elegance that stands the test of time.
A passion for perfection
This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of Finn Juhl’s death, but thanks to home decorations company, ArchitectMade we can continue to celebrate his lasting legacy and have the opportunity to own and appreciate classic pieces he produced at the height of his career.
With their incredible expertise and a passion for perfection ArchitectMade bring back to life rare and often forgotten drawings from some of Denmark’s most-loved architects. During my recent tour of their headquarters, I spoke at length with their Production Team.
These dedicated individuals research archives, museums and collections to unearth and rediscover lost drawings from over half a century ago, and give the objects they find the chance to be produced for the first time.
With five pieces now in their collection, thanks to ArchitectMade, you too could have a teak Finn Juhl Clock on your wall, drink from the Essence tea set, own the same walnut Turning Tray or the perfectly precise Wooden and stainless steel Circle Bowls.
ArchitectMade kindly gifted my Turning Tray and Circle Bowl, but all words and opinions are my own.
Images 1, 2 and 3 by Nicola Capper; images 4 and 5 via ArchitectMade.