Mod Focus: Finn Juhl Chieftains Chair

This week’s mod focus is on the Finn Juhl Chieftains Chair by Danish designer and architect, Finn Juhl. This remarkable lounge chair was originally created in 1949.

Finn Juhl studied under renowned architect Kay Fisker from 1930 to 1934 at the Architecture School at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In his early career, his first furniture designs were released with famous cabinetmaker Niels Vodder. They continued their professional relationship until 1959. Their chairs were considered artisan designers only unveiled in small numbers for over 2 decades.

His sophisticated designs embodied the rigid strength and masculinity found in many Danish furnishings during this era. However, his pieces had many feminine qualities, including elegant curves and soft lines shaping their silhouette.

The Finn Juhl Chieftain Chair was one of these designs embodying both masculine and feminine qualities. In fact, this lounge chair was one of his most well-loved designs. The lounge chair is made of solid wood with soft cushions along the seat, backrest and armrests.

It is upholstered in supple leather with a slight recline and a spacious seat. There is a simple 4 button tufted accent on the backrest for a hint of subtle detail. The design is remarkably elegant and a true staple of the Danish Modern movement.

Today, there are high-quality reproductions of the famous Finn Juhl Chieftain Chair. They can even be customized in a variety of wood finishes and different colors.

Finn Juhl was a pioneer of Danish design during the 20th century and he continues to be a favorite designer among modern furniture enthusiasts and mid-century modern lovers.