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Table Bench  
Finn Juhl, 1953 

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House of Finn Juhl, Danish Design
Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953
Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953

The bench table is an elegant and sophisticated piece with a timeless design and contrasting textures. Versatile, it can be used for many purposes around the home. As a coffee table, it can be used in a living room to display books and decorative works of art. With two solid brass strips holding a folding cushion in place, it can be used as a bench in a hallway or bedroom. Folding the cushion leaves space for personal items next to the seating area.

The bench table is one of Finn Juhl's most popular pieces, achieving extremely high prices at auctions around the world.

Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953
Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953

Finn Juhl made his international breakthrough in the United States in the early 1950s. He designed a range of furniture with tubular steel frames, inspired by the American designers he had met. The bench table is part of the furniture range from this period and was also included in the large-scale exhibition Design in Scandinavia. The exhibition, curated by Finn Juhl himself, toured 22 cities in North America between 1954 and 1957 and was visited by around 650,000 people.


Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953
Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953

The bench table is available in many different versions, just as Juhl intended. It comes in three different lengths and can be ordered in oak or walnut (also available on request in teak and Oregon pine: please contact us), with or without black linoleum. 

The legs are either burnished steel or painted black, orange or light blue. Finally, the bench can be customised with or without matt polished brass edges to accommodate an optional folding padded cushion.

Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953

Without brass edge
112 x 45 x H39 cm

Without brass edge
170 x 45 x H39 cm

Without brass edge
225 x 45 x H39 cm

With brass edges
112 x 45 x H39 cm

With brass edges
170 x 45 x H39 cm

With brass edges
225 x 45 x H39 cm

Table Bench – Noir + Chêne huilé clair
Table Bench – Noir + Chêne huilé clair

light oiled oak / black

Table Bench – Bleu + Chêne huilé foncé
Table Bench – Bleu + Chêne huilé foncé

dark oiled oak / light blue

Table Bench – Orange + Chêne huilé foncé
Table Bench – Orange + Chêne huilé foncé

dark oiled oak / orange

Table Bench – Noir + Chêne huilé clair + Linoléum noir
Table Bench – Noir + Chêne huilé clair + Linoléum noir

light oiled oak / black linoleum / black

Table Bench – Noir + Noyer
Table Bench – Noir + Noyer

walnut / black

Table Bench – Bleu + Noyer
Table Bench – Bleu + Noyer

walnut / light blue

Table Bench – Orange + Noyer
Table Bench – Orange + Noyer

walnut / orange

Table Bench – Noir + Noyer + Linoléum noir
Table Bench – Noir + Noyer + Linoléum noir

walnut / black linoleum / black

Table Bench – Noir + Chêne huilé foncé
Table Bench – Noir + Chêne huilé foncé + Linoléum noir

Dark oiled oak / Black

Dark oiled oak / Black linoleum / Black

Table Bench – Bleu + Chêne huilé foncé + Linoléum noir
Table Bench – Bleu + Chêne huilé clair + Linoléum noir

Light blue + Dark oiled oak + Black Linoleum

Table Bench – Bleu + Noyer + Linoléum

Light blue + Light oiled oak + Black Linoleum

Table Bench – Bleu + Chêne huilé clair

Light blue + Walnut + Linoleum

Table Bench – Orange + Chêne huilé foncé + Linoléum

Light blue + Light oiled oak

Table Bench – Orange + Noyer + Linoléum noir

Orange + Dark oiled oak + Linoleum 

Orange + Walnut + Black Linoleum

Table Bench – Orange + Chêne huilé clair
Table Bench – Orange + Chêne huilé clair + Linoléum

Orange + Light oiled oak

Orange + Light oiled oak + Linoleum 

folding cushion

Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953
Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953

Cushion for L112 cm
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Cushion for L170 cm
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Cushion for L225 cm
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Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953
Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953
Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953
Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953
Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953
Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953
Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953
Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953
Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953
Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953
Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953
Table Bench   House of Finn Juhl  Finn Juhl, 1953

Finn Juhl

Finn Juhl

As a teenager, Finn Juhl (1912-1989) wanted to become an art historian after having been fascinated by fine arts since childhood. His father prevented him from doing so and he studied architecture. Later, once his reputation as a furniture designer had been acquired, he would speak of himself as a self-taught man, certainly in reference to this thwarted vocation which forced him to make his intellectual journey alone. His very singular style owes much to this non-linear trajectory, with a very unacademic interpretation of art visible in his work. Finn Juhl began his studies in 1930, a key period that saw the birth of modern design and furniture.

His ultra-modern offices in the center of Copenhagen greeted visitors with a huge Japanese paper fish, a symbol of imagination. And rather than approaching furniture design from a functional, classical perspective, Finn Juhl approached his work as a sculptor. He sought beauty in volume and form, life and expressiveness. An approach that in the 1940's and 1950's was totally unprecedented. For Finn Juhl, it was clear that a piece of furniture could not be limited to a function, but also had to express an artistic sensibility.

While he remains world-famous for his furniture, Finn Juhl also designed several interior architecture projects and a few industrial products, including IBM typewriters. His greatest commercial success was with the Baker Company in the United States, which allowed him to mass-produce several pieces of furniture.

As an architect, he is known for the interior design of the United Nations Council in New York.