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The Nyhavn Desk | Finn Juhl | 1945

The Nyhavn Desk | Finn Juhl | 1945

Finn Juhl is known for adding visual lightness to his designs, and the Nyhavn Desk is no exception. The desk is manufactured in different sizes and available with a veneered table top in teak, oak, walnut, Oregon pine or black linoleum, with matching wooden toes on burnished steel legs. Alternatively, the legs are available in black, orange or light blue. The table can be ordered with a tray unit with three drawers in a warm or cold range of colours.

Wood Type
steelLegsDrawers

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:

Desk: 1945, relaunched in 2009.
Tray unit: 1953, relaunched in 2012.

Materials:

Teak, oak, walnut, Oregon pine veneer or black linoleum with matching wooden toes. Tabletop is in veneer or linoleum with solid edges. The frame is in burnished steel or painted black, orange or light blue.

Model and Dimensions:

FJ 5381
L: 190 cm | W: 85 cm | H: 72.5 cm
FJ 5380
L: 170 cm | W: 85 cm | H: 72.5 cm
FJ 5369
L: 136 cm | W: 68 cm | H: 72.5 cm

Tray unit:
FJ 5385
L: 43 cm | W: 51 cm | H: 26 cm

Finn Juhl is known for adding visual lightness to his designs, and the Nyhavn Desk is no exception. The desk is manufactured in different sizes and available with a veneered table top in teak, oak, walnut, Oregon pine or black linoleum, with matching wooden toes on burnished steel legs. Alternatively, the legs are available in black, orange or light blue. The table can be ordered with a tray unit with three drawers in a warm or cold range of colours.

Product details

Design:

Finn Juhl

Year:

Desk: 1945, relaunched in 2009.
Tray unit: 1953, relaunched in 2012.

Materials:

Teak, oak, walnut, Oregon pine veneer or black linoleum with matching wooden toes. Tabletop is in veneer or linoleum with solid edges. The frame is in burnished steel or painted black, orange or light blue.

Model and Dimensions:

FJ 5381
L: 190 cm | W: 85 cm | H: 72.5 cm
FJ 5380
L: 170 cm | W: 85 cm | H: 72.5 cm
FJ 5369
L: 136 cm | W: 68 cm | H: 72.5 cm

Tray unit:
FJ 5385
L: 43 cm | W: 51 cm | H: 26 cm

About the Nyhavn Desk

A Table with Character

When Finn Juhl established his first studio at the exclusive address of 33 Nyhavn in central Copenhagen in 1945, he designed a very simple desk with burnished steel legs, a detail which came to shape his furniture design during the 1950s. When Finn Juhl moved his studio to 38 Sølvgade in 1957, these same tables were still used.

When Finn Juhl designed the Nyhavn Desk he was inspired by the simplistic designs of his American counterparts, in particular Charles Eames. However, his sense of functionality and detail is what adds real character to this piece. 

 

The Nyhavn Desk (170 cm) in walnut with the 'Cold' colour tray unit and linoleum tabletop in the colour 'Mushroom'.
The Nyhavn Desk (136 cm) in oak (clear oil) with the 'Cold' colour tray unit and linoleum tabletop in the colour 'Black'.
About the Nyhavn Desk

Materials which Express Lightness and Exclusivity

During his career, Finn Juhl designed a series of different tables with almost invisible legs in burnished or painted steel with wooden toes. In this way, he introduced an almost floating lightness into his designs. The Nyhavn Desk can also be seen as Finn Juhl’s response to the criticism of his inspiration with the free sculptural art and its exclusivity.

The orange and blue colours are characteristic for Finn Juhl’s designs and derive from his inspiration from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s wheel of warm and cold colours. The tray unit is mounted with brackets, to further emphasize the floating lightness of the table.

 

The Nyhavn Desk (170 cm) in walnut with the 'Cold' colour tray unit and linoleum tabletop in the colour 'Black'.
The Nyhavn Desk (170 cm) in walnut with the 'Warm' colour tray unit and linoleum tabletop in the colour 'Black'.
The Nyhavn Desk (170 cm) in teak with the 'Warm' colour tray unit and linoleum tabletop in the colour 'Black'.
The Nyhavn Desk (136 cm) in oak (clear oil) with the 'Cold' colour tray unit and linoleum tabletop in the colour 'Black'.
The Nyhavn Desk (136 cm) in oak (dark oil) with linoleum tabletop in the colour 'Black'.
The Nyhavn Desk (136 cm) in oak (dark oil) with linoleum tabletop in the colour 'Black'.