29 MAR 2021

Modern Spaces: House of Finn Juhl

Situated in a small town on the outskirts of Copenhagen sits a masterpiece of Danish Modern Design – Finn Juhl’s House.

Considered one of the most influential Danish designers of the 20th century – among the likes of Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner – Finn Juhl was a trained architect, but it was his talents for furniture designs that really set him apart. Juhl’s home, which he designed for himself and his family in 1942, is a brilliant example of his multidisciplinary talents as architect and furniture designer. The interplay between interior and exterior, colours and textures, furniture and art is testament to Juhl’s varied interests, making the home a truly personal and curated representation of the designer’s career and inspirations.

The living room

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Juhl designed the house through the lens of a furniture designer. With a focus on the interiors and how furniture shapes a room, the exterior design was reserved until the very end. Outside, the house seems unassuming with its plain white façade, but as you enter guests are treated to an expansive, bright and colourful interior. The medley of light, colour and texture has been carefully curated by Juhl and avoids any sense of clashing. This is made most evident in the colours of the modernist artworks adorning the walls which perfectly complements the colour palette of each room – unifying the space.

Over the forty years he lived there, Juhl continuously edited and curated the home’s interiors, often bringing in furniture and homewares he designed himself such as his iconic FJ45 and FJ46 chairs that he kept in the living room. Often these pieces were designed specifically for the spaces in his home and have now gone on to become revolutionary pieces of danish design.

The interplay of architecture and furniture design, function and aesthetics has created a harmonious experience across Juhl’s oeuvre that is both radically modern and significant to this day. Much like his furniture, the home of this designer is equally a work of art that is now a preserved piece of history and personal taste.

Interior detail

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The living room

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Finn Juhl workspace

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The exterior

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Finn Juhl with his dog outside his home

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