Creator’s Home: Finn Juhl

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In the autumn of last year we set out on a creative pilgrimage, to the epicentre of Scandinavian design, Copenhagen. Not having visited Denmark before, I was keen to discover the birthplace of iconic contemporary design brands, such as the beloved HAY and Ferm Living.

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At the time I wasn’t familiar with the name Finn Juhl. But, a little poking around quickly uncovered an outstanding portfolio of design classics. Known predominantly for his furniture designs, Juhl was a pioneer of the mid century modern aesthetic.

After discovering that his home, a short trip outside of the city, was preserved and opened to the public in 2008, I added a visit to the top of my to do list.

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Built in 1942, Finn Juhl’s house was one of few architectural projects from the designer, in which his aim was to create a home where everything was designed by his own hand, even down to the smallest details such as the cutlery.

The house represents an early example of open plan, with a great sense of connection between each space. Composed of two blocks at right angles together envelope the garden and encourage views to the outside space.

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The space houses many examples of hand-crafted furniture, realised by master joiners in the region. With the mid century timber of choice, teak, featuring heavily and adding to the warmth of the space.

Juhl’s own designs sit alongside artworks and sculpture that he collected from other creatives during the period, giving a wonderful insight into his personal vision. One of my favourite’s, was this geometric rug in the reception area, from textile designer Anna Thommesen.

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Our visit to Copenhagen fell in late October, the city was filled with autumn colours and the air was so cold you could see your breath. The timing couldn’t be more perfect to appreciate the Danish obsession with “Hygge”. A concept that seems to be perfectly defined here, in the home of Finn Juhl.