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The 44 Chair | Finn Juhl | 1944

The 44 Chair | Finn Juhl | 1944

Finn Juhl’s exclusive 44 Chair, also known as the Bone Chair, is now part of the collection to a limited extent. The Chair has achieved cult status within the design world and is solely produced in smaller series. Information on price and delivery time is only available on request from the official Finn Juhl retailers. The first series of chairs will be crafted from oak and walnut, but this may vary in the future depending on the availability of materials. The Chair is upholstered in black or undyed vegetal tanned leather. All chairs are numbered and will be delivered with a signed certificate.

Wood Type
Upholstery
Leather

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:

1944

Materials:

Oak or walnut

Upholstery:

Leather

Model and Dimensions:

FJ 4400
W: 61 cm | D: 52 cm | H: 74 cm
Seat height: 47 cm

Finn Juhl’s exclusive 44 Chair, also known as the Bone Chair, is now part of the collection to a limited extent. The Chair has achieved cult status within the design world and is solely produced in smaller series. Information on price and delivery time is only available on request from the official Finn Juhl retailers. The first series of chairs will be crafted from oak and walnut, but this may vary in the future depending on the availability of materials. The Chair is upholstered in black or undyed vegetal tanned leather. All chairs are numbered and will be delivered with a signed certificate.

Product details

Design:

Finn Juhl

Year:

1944

Materials:

Oak or walnut

Upholstery:

Leather

Model and Dimensions:

FJ 4400
W: 61 cm | D: 52 cm | H: 74 cm
Seat height: 47 cm

THE STORY BEHIND THE CHAIR

The Complicated Favourite

Together with master cabinetmaker Niels Vodder, Finn Juhl presented the 44 Chair at the Cabinetmakers' Exhibition in 1944. Together they challenged how far one could go with wood as the key material. The Bone Chair was originally made from Cuban mahogany, and only 12 chairs were produced. Although Finn Juhl did not acquire a chair for himself at the time, he remedied this 30 years later by purchasing two chairs from one of the original buyers. At that point, Finn Juhl stated that the chair had now become a classic - and, above all, his personal favourite.

With the 44 Chair, Finn Juhl formed a piece of wood into an organic, bone-like shape, earning it the distinctive nickname the Bone Chair. Finn Juhl described the chair's appearance in 1944 as having "an animalistic pleasing character". Like nature's own constructions, the strength of the wood is utilized to the maximum, with the mass distributed where it is needed most. When studying the 44 Chair, this becomes strikingly apparent.

The 44 Chair in walnut with 'Vegetal' leather upholstery in the colour '90'.
In 2023, 100 chairs will be produced in total, which will be distributed and sold through the official Finn Juhl retailers worldwide. After this, a minimum of three years will pass before a new series of chairs becomes available.
PRODUCTION & CRAFTSMANSHIP

Uncompromising Craftsmanship and Incomparable Quality

The frame for Finn Juhl's most complex design is crafted by House of Finn Juhl's Japanese partner and hereafter upholstered by hand in Denmark. At the joinery in Yamagata, Japan, the frame is made by the most experienced cabinetmakers, who possess the deepest understanding of the wood's possibilities and limitations. While working on the large solid back-piece of the chair, pauses and drying time are just as essential as the precise work by hand. To achieve the complex shape, uncompromising craftsmanship is required, wherein one must constantly keep an eye on the tension of the material and the load on it.

While the exclusive chair has never been in continuous production, House of Finn Juhl has previously produced limited series of the chair for special occasions. Today, these rare pieces are seen fetching high prices at auctions worldwide.

The 44 Chair in walnut with 'Vegetal' leather upholstery in the colour '90'.
The 44 Chair in oak with 'Vegetal' leather upholstery in the colour '98'.
The 44 Chair in oak with 'Vegetal' leather upholstery in the colour '98'.
The 44 Chair in walnut with 'Vegetal' leather upholstery in the colour '90'.

"Like nature's own constructions,

the strength of the wood is utilized to the maximum,

with the mass distributed where it is needed most.

When studying the 44 Chair, this becomes strikingly apparent."

"Like nature's own constructions,

the strength of the wood is

utilized to the maximum. When

studying the 44 Chair, this

becomes strikingly apparent."

The 44 Chair in walnut with 'Vegetal' leather upholstery in the colour '90'.
Finn Juhl's drawing of the 44 Chair.
Finn Juhl photographed in the 44 Chair in front of his house in Ordrup, north of Copenhagen.
One of the original 44 Chairs photographed in Finn Juhl's house in Ordrup, north of Copenhagen.
The 44 Chair in walnut with 'Vegetal' leather upholstery in the colour '90'.
Finn Juhl's original drawing of the 44 Chair.