Japan Series detail - Finn juhl
Japan series - finn juhl

Japan Series 1953

Japan Series 1953

Japan series

Finn Juhl’s partnership with the furniture manufacturer France & Son gave birth to a series of furniture, well-suited for industrial production and while staying true to the ideals of simple designs that reigned in the 1950s. 

The most famous example of this cooperation is probably the Japan Series from 1953, which consists of an armchair, a footstool, a two-seater sofa and a three-seater sofa.

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About the Japan Series

The sublime minimalist simplicity of the series is a far cry from his earlier furniture designs and is inspired by traditional Japanese building techniques. The solid horizontal backrest, resting on the slightly tapered legs, is a reference to a Japanese temple door. The backrest ends in a circular recess, adding an optically refined impression with great effect. That was very typical of Finn Juhl, who famously said that deviation is in the detail. 

Even in this simple construction, Finn Juhl is true to his idea of emphasizing the difference between the carried and the carrying elements by separating the backrest from the bearing frame by brackets in brass. The Japan Series is produced in oak or walnut with handmade upholstery.

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Chair & sofa


Finn Juhl


1953, relaunched in 2007


Frame: Walnut, oak
Upholstery: Fabric


Size: W 61cm x D 70cm x H 78cm
Seat height: 35cm

Sofa two-seater
Size: W 121cm x D 70cm x H 78cm
Seat height: 35cm

Sofa three-seater
Size: W 180 cm x D 70cm x H 78cm
Seat height: 35cm