As a teenager, Finn Juhl 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. And rather than addressing the design of a furniture from an functional angle, in the classical manner, Finn Juhl approached his work in the manner of a sculptor, seeking the beauty of the volume and shape, life and expressiveness, an approach that, in the 1940s and 1950s, was then completely new. For Finn Juhl, it was clear that furniture could not be limited to function, but should also express an artistic sensibility.
Finn Juhl
(1912-1989)
Finn Juhl designed the Sideboard with its coloured sliding doors and trays in 1955 for BOVIRKE. It is available in two color ways, yellow-red range and blue, and four types of wood, walnut, teak, oak and Oregon pine. The frame is in hand-burnished steel. It is part of a theme with cubist wood cabinets that float on delicate steel frames with wood “feet” and in particular the colours which Finn Juhl arranged throughout the 1950s and 60s. The colour elements reflected his fascination with Goethe’s famous colour circle, which placed the colours in a harmonious cohesion. Finn Juhl’s own house at Ordrupgaard in Copenhagen is a bright example of his use of colours.
 

Dimensions length 180cm x deep 45cm x height 90cm
Veneer walnut, oak, Oregon pine, teak
Sliding doors yellow / white, blue / white or wood veneer
Drawers (optional) yellow / white or blue / white

yellow / white

veneered sliding doors

light blue / white

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