Poet Sofa by Finn Juhl
I took this photo in 2017 in Finn Juhl’s residence, which is a museum in itself nowadays at Kratvænget 15 in Ordrup. It is a dependance of the Danish museum Ordrupgaard.
The sofa is in production again these days (since 2001) as the 46 sofa by House of Finn Juhl, run by two friends Ivan Hansen and Hans Henrik Sørensen who obtained a licence to Finn Juhls design legacy from Finn Juhls Widdow.
A real bold statement only two produced in 1938 and since 2019 really in production by House of Finn Juhl.
The Grasshopper was designed by Finn Juhl in 1938 and exhibited at Niels Vodder’s stand at the guild exhibition. Two chairs were displayed alongside a mobile bar cabinet, with illustrations of exquisite cocktails hanging on the walls. This was quite a daring set-up and extravagant when compared to the otherwise “heavy” and traditional furniture that was presented at the time. However, people at the fair neither liked or understood the provocative exhibition. In order to help Niels Vodder avoid bigger loss, Finn Juhl bought the two chairs he had designed. The two Grasshopper Chairs from 1938 were the only ones to see the light of day. Until today.
The Grasshopper was one of Finn Juhl’s first attempts at expressing his artistic freedom in the form of furniture. The chair also marks the first in a long line of designs, that would go on to manifest Finn Juhl as one of the all-time greatest in furniture design.
Standing in complete contrast to his contemporary colleagues, Finn Juhl was neither a trained cabinetmaker nor furniture designer, but had instead studied to become an architect. His lack of technical knowledge has most likely contributed to his furniture oozing of artistic freedom and expression.
Finn Juhl was not constrained by what was possible, or impossible – and only with help from master cabinetmaker Niels Vodder, Finn Juhl’s rudimentary drawings were translated into physical designs. Namely the Grasshopper is, despite its apparent simplicity, exceedingly hard to construct due to its tricky angles, joints and complex shapes.
The Grasshopper is available in oak and walnut and upholstered in textile or leather.