Finn Juhl: a master of Danish design

On February 11, 2017 · 0 Comments

Danish designer Finn Juhl

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.

Finn Juhl France chairJuhl 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.

Interior with furniture designed by Finn Juhl

Interior with Finn Juhl furniture

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.

Chieftain chair by Finn Juhl

Finn Juhl France chair

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).

The UN Council Chamber interior designed by Finn JuhlJuhl’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.

46 chair by Finn Juhl for OnecollectionOnecollection’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.

57 sofa by Finn Juhl for Onecollection“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.

Finn Juhl Poet sofa and France chairView the range of designs by Finn Juhl produced under license by Onecollection here.

Finn Juhl, vintage portrait

twentytwentyone sale – final reductions

On January 26, 2017 · 0 Comments

Peggy SP9 pendant light by Hangar Design Group for Vistosi

twentytwentyone’s latest newsletter is here, with details of extensive final reductions in our January clearance sale of one-off, ex-display furniture and lighting.

Our sale ends on Sunday 29th January, but until then you can can enjoy 15% off orders of selected classic and contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories.

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twentytwentyone January newsletter

On January 13, 2017 · 0 Comments

Lucienne Day 100 Designs poster

twentytwentyone’s January newsletter is here, with news of all the latest designs to arrive in-store and online.

Included are details of Lucienne Day’s centenary celebrations, taking place throughout 2017, plus details of new additions to our January clearance sale of furniture, lighting and accessories.

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twentytwentyone winter sale newsletter

On December 31, 2016 · 0 Comments

twentytwentyone's winter sale is now on

Our latest newsletter is here, with details of our winter sale now underway.

Enjoy 15% off selected furniture and lighting ordered online and in-store for the duration of the sale.

Also available to view and purchase at our shop and showroom, a wide selection of one-off, ex-display furniture, lighting and accessories with discounts of up to 75%.

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Winter sale preview

On December 26, 2016 · 0 Comments

Handcarved wooden Robins by Mikael Nilsson

Early birds take note: our latest newsletter includes all dates and details of our upcoming winter sale, beginning online on 26th December.

Also included is a preview of just some of the one-off, ex-display furniture and lighting that will be available to purchase at our shop and showroom from 31st December onwards.

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‘Gerd Hay-Edie: Evolutionary Weaver’ at Margaret Howell

On October 14, 2016 · 0 Comments

Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair on display as part of the exhibition 'Gerd Hay-Edie: Evolutionary Weaver' at Margaret Howell

A Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair loaned by twentytwentyone is currently on display at Margaret Howell’s Wigmore Street shop.

Upholstered in a classic tweed woven by Mourne Textiles and designed by Gerd Hay-Edie in the 1950s, the chair forms part of the exhibition ‘Gerd Hay-Edie: Evolutionary Weaver’ which opened with a private view on 12th October.

Gerd Hay-Edie
Norwegian-born Gerd Hay-Edie (1909-1997) was an influential textile designer whose fabrics were championed by design luminaries such as Robin Day, Hille, Conran and Liberty.

After settling in Ireland in the 1950s, Hay-Edie founded a hand-weaving workshop after failing to find a suitable means of production for the textiles she was designing at the time.

Today, Mourne Textiles – now run by Hay-Edie’s grandson – works to ensure her classic mid-century designs remain in production while staying entirely faithful to the unique spirit of Hay-Edie’s originals.

Mourne Textiles' workshop in Ireland

Hay-Edie produced several textile designs for specifically for Robin Day, and her Blazer Mourne tweed was used to cover a High, Wide and Handsome chair in the Days’ own home.

It was particularly apposite, therefore, that this was the fabric chosen by Margaret Howell when she was invited to upholster a Robin Day Reclining Chair as part of twentytwentyone’s celebration of Robin Day’s Centenary.

Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair

Celebrating the vision and expertise of two significant forces in mid-century British design, the Margaret Howell Centenary Edition Reclining Chair takes its place in the exhibition alongside other other examples of Hay-Edie’s work and a loom from Mourne Textile’s studio.

Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining chair in situ(Photo courtesy of: Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation)

The exhibition is on display at Margaret Howell, 34 Wigmore Street, until Sunday 30th October.

View the Robin Day Centenary Edition Reclining Chair here.

twentytwentyone August newsletter

On August 12, 2016 · 0 Comments

Ace stool by Philippe Malouin

twentytwentyone’s August newsletter is here, with news of the latest designs now in-store and online.

Also included are details of our latest online edit marking our 20th anniversary. This month we have compiled a list of our customers’ 20 favourite products, based on an analysis of furniture, lighting and accessory sales over the past two decades.

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twentytwentyone summer sale

On June 18, 2016 · 0 Comments

the twentytwentyone summer sale starts 26th December

twentytwentyone’s summer sale is now underway, with 15% off orders for selected furniture and lighting placed online and in-store.

Discounts of up to 75% are also available on a range of ex-display furniture, lighting and accessories.

The sale ends on 31st July.

twentytwentyone at Tate Modern Switch House

On June 16, 2016 · 0 Comments

Switch House at Tate Modern

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.

Botan bench by Jasper Morrison for Maruni at Tate Modern Switch House

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.

Botan bench by Jasper Morrison for Maruni at Tate Modern Switch House

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 bench by Jasper Morrison for Maruni at Tate Modern Switch House

furniture supplied by twentytwentyone Contracts at Tate Modern Switch House

Botan benches are on display at our River Street showroom.

twentytwentyone also supplied furniture to the Patrons room, Members room and staff areas.

The  Members Room at Tate Modern Switch House

The diverse mix of classic and contemporary designs included pieces produced by Nikari, Hay, Another Country and Fritz Hansen.

furniture supplied by twentytwentyone Contracts at Tate Modern Switch House

furniture supplied by twentytwentyone Contracts at Tate Modern Switch House

twentytwentyone is honoured to have contributed to the appearance and visitor experience of such a significant public building.

Tate Modern Switch HouseView other projects by twentytwentyone Contracts here.

Three days to the twentytwentyone summer sale

On June 15, 2016 · 0 Comments

The twentytwentyone summer sale

twentytwentyone’s summer sale starts on 18th June, with 15% off orders for selected furniture and lighting placed online and in-store.

Discounts of up to 75% are also available on a range of ex-display furniture, lighting and accessories.

View our sale newsletter for details of some of the ex-display items on offer.

Sign up for future newsletters here.

The sale ends on 31st July.

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