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Finn Juhl     (1912 - 1989)

The "Chieftain" chair was named after King Frederick IX of Denmark, who tried out the model at the Cabinetmakers' Guild Exhibition of 1949. Only 78 original examples were produced and most were used in Danish museums, government buildings and embassies.

Finn Juhl (1912-1989) was trained as an all-round building architect though he was first and foremost famous for his furniture. In the 1940s, he broke with the established furniture tradition and designed a number of creations that regenerated Danish furniture design. At the Milan Triennials in the 1950s, he was awarded no fewer than five gold medals and won international acclaim for his furniture. But Finn Juhl was not only an excellent furniture designer: he worked with all aspects of the architect´s profession. He gained international renown as an interior designer for his work on the Trusteeship Council Chamber at United Nations headquarters in New York. As an exhibition architect, he was the man behind the major showings of Danish applied art abroad which created the concept "Danish design" and paved the way for the Danish furniture industry´s export triumphs in the 1960s.

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