Tuesday, September 01, 2009

OneCollection Reintroduces Two Sofas by Finn Juhl

Danish manufacturer OneCollection have reintroduced two sofas that were designed by Finn Juhl.

The Baker sofa and the Wall sofa were both designed in the early 1950s, but have been out of production for some time. Now, 20 years since Finn Juhl passed away, OneCollection has decided
to begin producing them again.


The Baker sofa is known as one of the most beautiful sofas by the hand of Finn Juhl, designed in 1951 for the company Baker Furniture in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The sofa is in two parts with an upholstered body on a light construction of wood – a typical example of how Finn Juhl divided the elements in order to create lightness visually as well as constructively. On the original drawing Finn Juhl wrote the following text:

“This sofa tries to solve different problems. Good support for the small of your back in normal position, relaxed position with your feet up in both corners, and even then rest for your elbows, as well as for your head – this effectuated by the dividing up of the back in two parts – good rest!”


The Wall sofa was originally designed in 1950 for the Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum in Trondheim – probably the most well-known room in the museum – which Finn Juhl was asked to furnish by the Norwegian art historian T. Krohn-Hansen.

The upholstered sofa is inspired by modern art, such as Henry Moore, Hans Arp, Erik Thommesen and Picasso, in which Finn Juhl was very interested. The sofa has lacquered steel legs and the upholstery is handmade. It is fastened to the wall and very few pieces have ever been made. Onecollection has re-launched this in connection with furnishing the AA Design Museum, Korea.

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