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. Finn Juhl took pride in making both the structurally supportive elements of the furniture and the seated person look as though they are floating.
In 2001 we, Ivan Hansen and Hans Henrik Sørensen, were officially trusted with all the exclusive rights to manufacture and relaunch Finn Juhl’s sculptural and iconic furniture by Finn Juhl’s widow Hanne Wilhelm Hansen. Today the unique Finn Juhl collection consists of more than 50 classic masterpieces, all of which we manufacture with the utmost respect for the original heritage and strict demands for quality. For us, venturing into Finn Juhl’s design universe has been like embarking on a joyful journey with constant surprises in terms of shapes, aesthetics and unique design details.
“When we relaunch Finn Juhl’s furniture we always try to figure out what he originally intended. We study the drawings closely and compare them to the original furniture pieces, which we measure. We know that Finn Juhl often disagreed with the cabinetmakers in terms of his organic expression. As we are unable to ask for Finn Juhl’s advice today, we have to try our very best to put ourselves in his shoes and imagine what he would have wanted, to achieve the intended expression. No precise answer exists.” Hans Henrik Sørensen, Co-founder of House of Finn Juhl, tells and continues;
“Despite the efforts of many, it is hard to become an expert judge of what is right or wrong. We only met Finn Juhl once, when we
were very young. But after working with the development and relaunch of more than 50 Finn Juhl pieces over the span of 20 years, we sort of feel that we know him and that he is tagging along on our journey. This helps us being confident in the decisions that we make.” – Hans Henrik Sørensen, Co-founder of House of Finn Juhl