Chieftains Chair by Finn Juhl (1949)


Finn Juhl designed the chair in 1948 and it is his most famous design. It was named the “Chieftain” after King Frederik IX sat in the display model at the 1949 Cabinetmaker’s Guild in Copenhagen. The chair was influenced by tribal art. Unlike minimalist chairs, like the Barcelona chair, the …

Finn Juhl designed the chair in 1948 and it is his most famous design. It was named the “Chieftain” after King Frederik IX sat in the display model at the 1949 Cabinetmaker’s Guild in Copenhagen. The chair was influenced by tribal art. Unlike minimalist chairs, like the Barcelona chair, the Chieftain is built for comfort (indeed, you feel like a king when you sit in it). Fewer than 80 of the original chairs were produced by the Danish furniture maker Niels Vodder. The chair has been manufactured by various Danish cabinetmakers throughout the years. Baker Furniture in the U.S. produced it under license from Finn Juhl in the 1950´s and then re-released it briefly in the 1990´s. Current production versions of the chair are now being produced by Onecollection – Hansen & Sorensen in Denmark.

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