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The Fireplace Chair

Brand House of Finn Juhl
Designer Finn Juhl
Distributor Danish Red

The Fireplace Chair is a timeless design originally conceived by Finn Juhl in 1946. Finn Juhl designed the Fireplace Chair for the company Bovirke, and it is also referred to as the BO59. With sensual details such as the paper-knife armrest and its lavish informal comfort, the Fireplace Chair is a true Finn Juhl classic. We manufacture the chair at our production facilities in Vejen, Denmark, using FSC® certified ash, oak or walnut. The chair can be upholstered in leather or textile.
When Finn Juhl began his collaboration with Bovirke in the mid-1940s, the alliance yielded some of Finn Juhl’s most iconic designs, including the Reading Chair, the 46 Sofa, and maybe most notably, the Fireplace Chair. A chair that effortlessly captures the spirit of Finn Juhl’s design philosophy, exuding warmth and fostering engaging conversation. It encapsulates the design traits which Finn Juhl is famous for, such as the separation between the carrying and the carried elements, while adding a playful feature in the form of a graceful cross-brace between the legs, vividly showcasing the unparalleled craftsmanship.

Description

The Fireplace Chair is a timeless design originally conceived by Finn Juhl in 1946. Finn Juhl designed the Fireplace Chair for the company Bovirke, and it is also referred to as the BO59. With sensual details such as the paper-knife armrest and its lavish informal comfort, the Fireplace Chair is a true Finn Juhl classic. We manufacture the chair at our production facilities in Vejen, Denmark, using FSC® certified ash, oak or walnut. The chair can be upholstered in leather or textile.
When Finn Juhl began his collaboration with Bovirke in the mid-1940s, the alliance yielded some of Finn Juhl’s most iconic designs, including the Reading Chair, the 46 Sofa, and maybe most notably, the Fireplace Chair. A chair that effortlessly captures the spirit of Finn Juhl’s design philosophy, exuding warmth and fostering engaging conversation. It encapsulates the design traits which Finn Juhl is famous for, such as the separation between the carrying and the carried elements, while adding a playful feature in the form of a graceful cross-brace between the legs, vividly showcasing the unparalleled craftsmanship.

Product Details & Specifications

Year – 1946, relaunched 2023

Country of origin – Denmark
Materials –
Frame: Ash, oak or walnut. Upholstery: Textile or leather. Dimensions- W65cmxD77cmxH81cmSeatheight:41cm

About The Designer

“Art has always been my main source of inspiration. I am fascinated by shapes which defy gravity and create visual lightness.” – Finn Juhl

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 some of his chairs, the backrest and the seat are almost invisibly joined, as if they were clouds floating through the room.

In creating his furniture, Finn Juhl worked with two elements: The carrying element, and the carried. He eventually became known for his special ability to separate the bearing parts from the borne. This is one of many examples of how he broke free from conventional working methods and found his inspiration in art.

Initially, in fact, Finn Juhl wanted to become an art historian. Since his early years, he had been interested in fine arts. However, his father wouldn’t allow a career as an artist. Instead, Finn Juhl enrolled at the Department of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen. Finn Juhl began his studies in the 1930s, which was an important period in furniture design, when modern design started to emerge. While he was still a student, Finn Juhl started working with the prominent Danish architect Vilhelm Lauritzen in 1934 where he worked on major projects such as the Danish Broadcasting House and Copenhagen Airport.

Finn Juhl was kept so busy that he never finished his studies. Despite this, he received the honour of becoming a member of the Academic Architect Society in 1942 and, later in life, he became a visiting professor at the Institute of Design in Chicago. By the time he had made a name as a furniture designer, he would always speak of himself as being self-taught.

One of the international highlights of Finn Juhl’s career was designing the complete interior of the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the UN headquarters in New York between 1951 and 1952.

Industry Discount

Trade discount available on application.

Product Warranty

Manufacturer’s warranty applies. Please contact a Danish Red consultant for details.

Delivery & Timing

pproximately 18 weeks

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