The architect, interior and furniture designer Finn Juhl (1912 – 1989) is considered one of the founding fathers of modern Danish design and is widely credited with having popularised Danish design in America.
Born in Copenhagen, Juhl trained as an architect at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and worked at Vilhelm Lauritzen‘s architectural practice before founding his own design practice in 1945.
Juhl took on a rich variety of interior, exhibition and product designs throughout his career, with clients ranging from Georg Jensen to SAS airlines.
Today, however, he is perhaps best known for the furniture he designed from the late 1930s onwards.
Featuring curvaceous organic forms and chair seats and backs which appear to float within a frame, Juhl’s charismatic designs were initially considered highly radical.
The complexity of their form and construction also required exacting levels of craftstmanship; Juhl was notorious for testing the boundaries of what could be achieved with his favoured material of teak wood.
During the 1950s Juhl’s designs were exhibited in America where they were enthusiastically received. Juhl was subsequently commissioned to design a refrigerator for General Electric as well as glassware, ceramics and furniture for other US companies.
Perhaps his most prestigious commision, however, was to design the interior of the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the UN Headquarters building in New York (undertaken 1950-52).
Juhl’s profile has been somewhat eclipsed in recent years by his peers Hans Wegner and Borge Mogensen, but there is a clear resurgence of interest in his charismatic and timeless designs.
Danish furniture company Onecollection now produces an extensive range of Finn Juhl’s classic furniture, combining modern technology with traditional craftsmanship to meet the exacting standards specified by the designer.
Onecollection’s association with the estate of Finn Juhl originated when Juhl’s widow contacted the company and asked for their help in reproducing his Model 57 sofa.
“One cannot create happiness with beautiful objects,” Juhl is famed for noting, “but one can spoil quite a lot of happiness with bad ones”.
Without wishing to contradict a master designer, we would argue that Finn Juhl’s furniture does instill joy in the hearts of those who appreciate enduring designs.
The Poet sofa and France chair by Finn Juhl for Onecollection are currently available to view and purchase at our River Street showroom.
View the range of designs by Finn Juhl produced under license by Onecollection here.
Born on 5th January 1917, Lucienne Day was Britain’s most distinguished textile designer of the 20th century, esteemed for her acute understanding of pattern, colour and scale and her significant role in popularising modern design in Great Britain from the 1940s onwards.
The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation has organised a programme of events and exhibitions to mark the centenary of such a prolific, progressive and influential designer, launched on what would have been Lucienne’s 100th birthday.
The centenary is also commemorated with the poster Lucienne Day 100 Designs. Designed by Studio Fernando Gutierrez, the poster forms a companion piece to Robin Day 100 Designs, similarly issued to mark the centenary of Lucienne Day’s husband and fellow designer.
The new poster features previously unpublished images of Lucienne Day’s work as well as portraits from the Foundation’s Lucienne Day photograph archive, providing a fitting tribute to one of Britain’s foremost designers.
It is a testament to the enduring nature of Lucienne Day’s designs that many remain in production, more than half a century after their inception.
In 2003 a selection of Day’s printed textiles from the 1950s were reissued by Classic Textiles, including perhaps her most well-known design, Calyx.
Originally designed for Heals in 1951, Calyx was exhibited at the Festival of Great Britain Homes and Gardens Pavilion, hanging in a modern dining room setting designed by Robin Day.
It went on to win the Milan Triennale gold medal and the American Institute of Decorator’s international design award (the latter a first for any British designer).
In the present day, digital printing techniques ensure that Calyx and its companion fabrics remain faithful both to the integrity of the original designs and to Day’s longstanding conviction that good design should be available to all.
As the designer observed, ”I went into industrial design because I wanted people to have good things at a reasonable price.”
twentytwentyone hosted the exhibition Lucienne Day Classic Textiles in 2003 to celebrate the launch of the reissued textiles collection.
On a smaller scale – but no less appealing, are Lucienne Day’s tea towels. These witty and timeless designs printed on linen were first created in the late 1950s for Thomas Somerset.
Now reissued and perennially popular, they are just as likely to end up framed and hung on a wall as put to work in the kitchen.
twentytwentyone is honoured to participate in the celebration of a designer whose work was profoundly influential in its own time while continuing to delight and inspire in the present day.
Full details of the events planned over the year can be found here.
All archive images are courtesy of the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation.
twentytwentyone celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016.
To mark this milestone we have issued a series of monthly edits focusing on some of the visionary designers, makers and manufacturers that have made the past two decades so stimulating and inspiring.
In November, we celebrate a rising generation of designers whose diverse work is united by its originality, distinction and enduring quality.
View the edit in full here.
‘Marker, plus twenty’, an exhibition curated by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, opened last night at twentytwentyone’s River Street showroom.
On show for the duration of the London Design Festival, ‘Marker, plus twenty’ celebrates the launch of Marker, the new addition to Barber & Osgerby’s family of Hotaru paper lanterns.
The exhibition also references twentytwentyone’s 20th anniversary and celebrates the long-standing collaboration between the two companies.
This highly personal display consists of twenty objects selected from Edward and Jay’s personal collection of curiosities from around the world, accumulated over many years. “There are,” the designers note, “quite a few gaps on our shelves at the moment.”
The objects on display include both furniture and product design and more humble every day objects, ranging from a Thonet chair to a Japanese glass fishing net float.
Accumulated over many years, these items have been selected for their form, material or craftsmanship. Although strikingly diverse in scale, function, value and age, each object has been an inspiration in some way or other.
Together they offer an intriguing insight into the influences and interests of one of Britain’s foremost design duos.
‘Marker, plus twenty’ will be on display at our River Street showroom, 9.30am to 5.30pm, until Sunday 25th September.
twentytwentyone’s September newsletter is here, with news of the designs which are to be launched as part of this year’s London Design Festival.
Also included are details of our latest online edit marking our 20th anniversary. This month we have compiled a list of 20 exhibitions hosted over the past two decades, from design launches and historical reviews to charity events.
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The Switch House extension to Tate Modern has been designed by Herzog & de Meuron.
twentytwentyone are proud to have been involved with the furniture specification and supply for new spaces, supplying a range of furniture to fit out the new gallery spaces and public areas, as well as the Patron and Members rooms and staff offices.
The furniture sourced and provided includes the Botan bench, designed by Jasper Morrison for Maruni.
Working closely with Jasper Morrison’s studio, the Botan benches manufactured by Maruni were adapted to bespoke dimensions, finishes and configurations to suit the public and gallery areas in the Herzog & de Meuron building.
The standard version of the Jasper Morrison design is available in cedar or pine, with or without back and in two sizes.
For the Switch House prototypes were made in Japan for extended lengths and twin depth, with or without backs. They are were also produced in oak and with a black stain to marry with the materials specified for the building.
Botan benches are on display at our River Street showroom.
twentytwentyone also supplied furniture to the Patrons room, Members room and staff areas.
The diverse mix of classic and contemporary designs included pieces produced by Nikari, Hay, Another Country and Fritz Hansen.
twentytwentyone is honoured to have contributed to the appearance and visitor experience of such a significant public building.
View other projects by twentytwentyone Contracts here.
Visitors to our Upper Street shop on the morning of Friday 10th June were lucky enough to observe one of the many highly skilled processes involved in the construction of each Carl Hansen & Son chair.
Carl Hansen’s master weaver Benny was in-store to offer a live demonstration of the craft of papercord weaving, working to create a new seat for an oak-framed CH22 chair by Hans Wegner.
The CH22 lounge chair occupies a very special position in the history of Danish design, being part of the debut collection that Wegner designed for Carl Hansen & Son in the 1950s, alongside such classics as the CH24 Wishbone chair and the CH25 lounge chair.
The CH22 is now being reissued by Carl Hansen along with its companion, the CH26 armchair. Both have been produced to Wegner’s original specification and are now available to view and order at our shop and showroom.
Visitors to the shop during the demonstration received a complementary Carl Hansen print as a memento.
Many thanks to Benny and Carl Hansen & Son for a remarkable illustration of the craft, expertise and heritage that are integral to each Carl Hansen chair.
London Craft Week sees a special collaboration between Carl Hansen & Son and Mourne Textiles that celebrates the craftsmanship and heritage of these two unique family-run businesses.
Mourne Textiles have transported a traditional hand-weaving loom from their workshop in Ireland and have installed it in Carl Hansen’s London showroom in order to demonstrate weaving techniques to the public. In addition, a range of Mourne’s heritage fabrics will be used to upholster chairs designed by Hans J Wegner and Ole Wanscher currently produced by Carl Hansen.
The event runs from 3rd May to 5th May at 16A Bowling Green Lane, London EC1R 0BD. More details can be found here.
Following the event, some of the chairs upholstered in Mourne textiles will be on display at twentytwentyone’s River Street showroom.
twentytwentyone’s newsletter is here, with highlights from the Milan Salone del Mobile 2016, the world’s foremost design event.
Also included are new collections by Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa for Maruni which will be on display at our River Street showroom, direct from the halls of the Salone.
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twentytwentyone celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016. We are marking this occasion with a series of editorials celebrating the people, designs and occasions that have been such important ingredients in our twenty year history.
In April, we are honouring those designers who have sadly passed away over the last two decades but whose pioneering and timeless work remains an enduring source of inspiration.
View the editorial in full here.