modern art chair - finn juhl
modern art chair - finn juhl

The Modern Art Chair 1948

The Modern Art Chair 1948

The Modern Art Chair

In 1948, Museum of Modern Art hosted a design competition for chairs that should be ready for industrial production and retailed at low prices. This was not exactly Finn Juhl’s area of expertise as he had become famous for his incredibly elegant and detailed handcrafted furniture. However, Finn Juhl decided to submit his entry.

The result was a beautiful and sculptural armchair in plastic, on which the soft, organic body is seemingly levitating on a base of painted metal legs with wooden toes.

Unfortunately, Finn Juhl did not win the competition – The winner was Charles and Ray Eames’ famous plastic chair, that has since been produced by the millions. 

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About The Modern Art Chair

The chair has never before been produced, but when it comes to Finn Juhl, better late than never. For comparison, Finn Juhl’s iconic Pelican Chair was tucked away for 61 years before it saw the light of day and today it is perceived as one of the most iconic Finn Juhl designs.

We have named it The Modern Art Chair, as a tribute to Edgar Kaufmann Jr. and MoMA, but also because Finn Juhl was inspired exactly by the free modern art. The chair is cast in plastic and is supported by painted metal legs and comes with a reversible, upholstered seat cushion – exactly as originally designed. The chair is well suited for indoor and outdoor use alike.

House of Finn Juhl is honored to carry on Finn Juhl’s legacy and execute the relaunch of The Modern Art Chair.

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Finn Juhl


1948, relaunched in 2017


Plastic with painted metal legs and wooden feet.
Reversible, upholstered seat cushion in fabric or leather.


Size: W 70.5cm x D 59.5cm x H 77cm
Seat height: 46cm