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The Egyptian Chair | Finn Juhl | 1949

The Egyptian Chair | Finn Juhl | 1949

Design critics have described the Egyptian Chair as a miraculous mix of ancient Egyptian design principles, modern rhythms and aerodynamics. The chair was displayed for the first time in 1949 in Copenhagen at the Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition. It is characterized by its unique craftsmanship and is manufactured with a frame in oak or walnut and upholstery in textile or leather.

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:

1949, relaunched in 2014

Materials:

Frame: Walnut or oak

Upholstery:

Textile or leather

Dimensions:

W: 55 cm D: 56 cm H: 89 cm
Seat height: 45 cm

Design critics have described the Egyptian Chair as a miraculous mix of ancient Egyptian design principles, modern rhythms and aerodynamics. The chair was displayed for the first time in 1949 in Copenhagen at the Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition. It is characterized by its unique craftsmanship and is manufactured with a frame in oak or walnut and upholstery in textile or leather.

Product details

Design:

Finn Juhl

Year:

1949, relaunched in 2014

Materials:

Frame: Walnut or oak

Upholstery:

Textile or leather

Dimensions:

W: 55 cm D: 56 cm H: 89 cm
Seat height: 45 cm

The Characteristics of The Egyptian Chair

A Miraculous Mix

Design critics have described Finn Juhl’s Egyptian Chair as a miraculous mix of ancient Egyptian design principles, modern rhythms and aerodynamics.

Both the Egyptian Chair and the Chieftain Chair are excellent examples of Finn Juhl’s genius within his field and his characteristic way of achieving a “room within a room”.

The Egyptian Chair in walnut with 'Elegance' leather upholstery in the colour 'Walnut'.
The Egyptian Chair in oak (dark oil) with 'Watercolour' upholstery in the colour 'Soft Linen'.
Finn Juhl's source of inspiration

A Fascination with Ancient Egypt

The chair was displayed for the first time in 1949 in Copenhagen at the Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition alongside the acclaimed Chieftain Chair. Riding the wave of success from this particular exhibition, Finn Juhl experienced his international breakthrough and subsequently became known as the father of the famous Danish Modern design style.

Many years later, Finn Juhl himself spoke about a visit at the Louvre Museum in Paris where he became so fascinated by an antique Egyptian chair, that he “stole” its construction when he designed his own Egyptian Chair.

The Egyptian Chair in walnut with 'Elegance' leather upholstery in the colour 'Walnut'.
The Egyptian Chair in walnut with 'Elegance' leather upholstery in the colour 'Walnut'.
The Egyptian Chair in walnut with 'Watercolour' upholstery in the colour 'Peacock'.
The Egyptian Chair in walnut with 'Watercolour' upholstery in the colour 'Peacock'.
The Egyptian Chair in walnut with 'Elegance' leather upholstery in the colour 'Walnut'.
The Egyptian Chair in walnut with 'Vegetal' leather upholstery in the colour '95'.
The Egyptian Chair in walnut with 'Vegetal' leather upholstery in the colour '95'.