The 109 Chair designed by Finn Juhl was originally manufactured by cabinetmaker Niels Vodder, just like its close relative without armrests, the 108 Chair. In this design, it is in particular the uniquely detailed armrests, that make this chair interesting and elegant. The 109 Chair is manufactured in walnut or in oak and it is the perfect dining or conference room chair. Its elegant and comfortable qualities mean that the 109 Chair also easily lends itself to hotels and restaurants.
Dimensions W64 x D46 x H75 cm – seat height 45 cm
Upholstery fabric or leather
Wood oak, walnut
white oiled oak
clear lacquered oak
clear lacquered walnut
oiled oak + Watercolour Soft Linen
oiled oak + walnut Elegance leather
oiled oak + natural Vegetal leather
oiled walnut + Watercolour Himalaya
As a teenager, Finn Juhl (1912-1989) wanted to become an art historian, having a passion for the fine arts since childhood. His father stopped him and Finn Juhl started architectural studies. Later, when his fame as a designer of furniture acquired, he speaks of himself as an autodidact, in reference to this upset vocation that forced him to walk intellectually on a lonely way. His style owes much to this singular trajectory, with its non academic interpretation of art visible in his work. Finn Juhl started his studies in 1930, a key period which saw the birth of modern design and furniture.
His modern offices in central Copenhagen was greeting his visitors with a huge Japanese fish in paper, symbol of imagination. Rather than thinking in terms of practical construction, Finn Juhl had the mind-set of a sculptor, when he shaped a piece of furniture. In the 1940s and 1950s, this way of working had never been seen before. His ambition was to design furniture with movement and life.
Juhl took pride in making both the structurally supportive elements of the furniture and the seated person look as though they are floating. In some of his chairs, the backrest and the seat are almost invisibly joined, as if they were clouds floating through the room.
In creating his furniture, Finn Juhl worked with two elements: The carrying element, and the carried. He eventually became known for his special ability to separate the bearing parts from the borne. This is one of many examples of how he broke free from conventional working methods and found his inspiration in art.