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The Cocktail Bench | Finn Juhl | 1951

The Cocktail Bench | Finn Juhl | 1951

In 1951, Finn Juhl designed the Cocktail Bench for Baker Furniture in the US. The bench takes inspiration from the extravagant cocktail parties during the 1950s in the US and is a representation of the booming economy of the time and the extravagance and splendour that dominated society. Crafted from solid walnut or oak, the bench has an intricate, detailed design, with beautifully rounded corners and slender angles uniting to form a timeless aesthetic. An optional cushion is available to order.

Wood Type

Please note that the actual colours and materials may vary due to different screen balances and settings. While the version shown is supposed to be viewed only as an example, individual material photos can be found via our material page.

Product details

Design:

Finn Juhl

Year:

1951

Materials:

Solid oak or walnut

Upholstery:

Optional cushion: Textile or leather

Dimensions:

L: 221 cm | W: 44 cm | H: 40 cm

In 1951, Finn Juhl designed the Cocktail Bench for Baker Furniture in the US. The bench takes inspiration from the extravagant cocktail parties during the 1950s in the US and is a representation of the booming economy of the time and the extravagance and splendour that dominated society. Crafted from solid walnut or oak, the bench has an intricate, detailed design, with beautifully rounded corners and slender angles uniting to form a timeless aesthetic. An optional cushion is available to order.

Product details

Design:

Finn Juhl

Year:

1951

Materials:

Solid oak or walnut

Upholstery:

Optional cushion: Textile or leather

Dimensions:

L: 221 cm | W: 44 cm | H: 40 cm

Finn Juhl's source of inspiration

The Extravagant Cocktail Parties

The economy was booming in the US during the 1950s. Hollywood and the new upper class had made cocktail parties immensely popular, and Finn Juhl was readily impressed by this newfound American extravagance, which he got to experience through his new and influential American friends. For this reason, the Finn Juhl collection now contains not less than two furniture pieces inspired by the American cocktail parties in the 50’s – The round Cocktail Table and the rectangular Cocktail Bench. The bench can also be spotted in Finn Juhl’s own house north of Copenhagen and is well suited as a table for art, a stack of books or a lamp.

The Cocktail Bench in oak (clear oil).
Finn Juhl's original watercolour drawing of the Cocktail Bench from 1951. Photo credit: Pernille Klemp, Designmuseum Danmark
About the Cocktail Bench

The Origin of the Name

In 1951, Finn Juhl designed the bench for Baker Furniture in USA, who named it “Rectangular Cocktail Table”. However, in the original drawing Finn Juhl referred to it simply as “bench”, which is the reason why we have decided to name it “Cocktail bench”. The details on the Cocktail Bench are recognizable from the round Cocktail Table, which was relaunched in 2009.

The Cocktail Bench in oak (clear oil).
The Cocktail Bench in walnut and a cushion with 'Sonar' upholstery in the colour '734'.
The Cocktail Bench in oak (clear oil).
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