Production and Craftsmanship | House of Finn Juhl


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Our Production

Danish Craftsmanship

 Our House of Finn Juhl furniture is primarily manufactured in Denmark. Our own production facility in Ringkøbing, on the West Coast of Denmark, includes an upholstery workshop and a joinery.

The upholstered furniture such as the Poet Sofa and the Pelican Chair are entirely hand-sewn in the same Danish tradition as the old ones. It takes years of experience, great knowledge and last, but not least, undying patience to master. Working with furniture is a challenge, especially furniture as organic as Finn Juhl's. Therefore, it is essential that the upholsterers have a deep understanding of the strengths of the various materials, but also the limitations. When we produce a piece of Finn Juhl furniture, we refuse to compromise. This way we ensure that each piece of furniture lives up to our goal of delivering furniture of the highest quality.

"When we were granted the exclusive rights to manufacture Finn Juhl's furniture, it was both a great opportunity and a precious legacy to protect." - Ivan Hansen, Co-founder of House of Finn Juhl
The video shows different processes from the upholstery workshop.
The Pelican Chair is being upholstered by hand in the traditional manner.
The hand-upholstery is extremely difficult and is only mastered by very few upholsterers.

To achieve the fantastic finish and delicate detail that was Finn Juhl's trademark, we use modern technology combined with excellent craftsmanship.  Finn Juhl's dilemma was that many of his furniture designs called for technical solutions, which were not invented at the time. Since he did not want to change or devaluate the characteristic design, he rather accepted this fact. That is the reason why some of his models are only produced in very limited quantities, while others never even saw the light of day.

Several of Finn Juhl's iconic designs would never be produced because they would have been too delicate to use. Finn Juhl himself was aware of this and famously said:

"One should not despair over the fact that some of the developments one has hoped for were never produced but only became a beginning. Perhaps they will be revived some day in the future if necessary or reasonable, when the time is ripe." - Finn Juhl
The video shows different processes related to the great amount of wood work that is done at our workshop.
"At our own joinery we work with skilled craftspeople who are experts at tables, cabinets, drawers, sideboards, and panel systems." - Hans Henrik Sørensen, Co-founder House of Finn Juhl
Every piece of furniture is treated carefully to achieve the delicate finish that Finn Juhl's furniture became famous for.
A 53 Chair is being upholstered in the workshop.

"At first we doubted that this would be feasible, as it was likely to become too complicated and expensive. It is of the utmost importance to point out that Japan is not the country to choose if you are looking to obtain cost advantages. Quite the contrary. However, the passionate joiners in Japan work without compromise. When producing sculptural furniture with delicate details we could not wish for a better partner. Their hearts beat to achieve the sublime and they manage this by combining craftsmanship with modern technology.

The Japanese have a deep understanding for using technology to obtain strong and precise joints of the delicate wooden materials, so that the Finn Juhl furniture remains durable for generations to come. At the same time, they are proud and conscious when it comes to the advanced craftsmanship, which is crucial for the organic shapes of Finn Juhl's furniture."

- Ivan Hansen, Co-founder of House of Finn Juhl

The Japanese professor and furniture collector Mr. Noritsugu Oda (left), Ivan Hansen (middle) and Hans Henrik Sørensen (right).
The Japanese product developers and engineers in the office at the workshop in Yamagata.
Our skilled Japanese partners are experts at combining technology and craftsmanship. The delicate shapes of Finn Juhl's furniture mean that about 50 % of the work has to be done by hand.
The crafting of a Chieftain Chair is a long process, because the wooden frame has to dry for weeks in between the crafting, to make sure that the wood doesn't change shape.

Within Danish design, the bond between Japan and Denmark is a focal point, because of the striking similarities in traditional craftsmanship and quality. House of Finn Juhl's affiliation with Japan goes back many years - and Finn Juhl reaches back even further.

Finn Juhl was strongly inspired by Japan and likewise, the Japanese have shown great interest in Finn Juhl throughout the years. The single largest collection of Finn Juhl furniture is also to be found in Japan. This collection is owned by the Japanese professor and furniture collector Mr. Noritsugu Oda, who also knew Finn Juhl personally.

Today, Mr. Oda is a dear friend of House of Finn Juhl and he, alongside with the Finn Juhl production in Japan, represents a strong tie to the country. Whenever a new piece of furniture is to be relaunched, the piece in question is loaned from Mr. Oda, to compare the furniture with Finn Juhl's original drawings - in order to achieve the best and most original result.


Japanese professor and furniture collector Mr. Noritsugu Oda (left) visiting Finn Juhl (center) in his house in Ordrup, Denmark.
The professor and furniture collector Mr. Noritsugu Oda.
The workshop in Yamagata, Japan. Each and every piece is carefully examined before being shipped by boat to Denmark for upholstery.