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The 77 Chair | Finn Juhl | 1953

The 77 Chair | Finn Juhl | 1953

Inspired by his American colleagues, Finn Juhl designed a new series of furniture in 1953 with a streamlined and more industrial aesthetic. Among these was the 77 Chair, whose upholstered body appears to be floating on the delicate, almost invisible frame made from burnished steel. The armchair is manufactured in Denmark on a solid blind frame in beech, upholstered and hand-stitched according to traditional craftsmanship. Both the fixed seat and the loose back cushion are with spring inserts, ensuring both comfort and durability. The 77 Chair is available in textile or leather, with burnished steel legs and wooden toes in oak or walnut.

Wood Type
Upholstery
Hallingdal
Hallingdal beskrivelse
Remix
321
Vidar
Watercolour
Helia / Fuse
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:

1953, relaunched in 2023

Materials:

Legs: Burnished steel with toes in walnut or oak

Upholstery:

Textile or leather

Model and Dimensions:

FJ 5351 (armchair) W: 73 cm | D: 79 cm | H: 79 cm
Seat height: 40,5 cm

Inspired by his American colleagues, Finn Juhl designed a new series of furniture in 1953 with a streamlined and more industrial aesthetic. Among these was the 77 Chair, whose upholstered body appears to be floating on the delicate, almost invisible frame made from burnished steel. The armchair is manufactured in Denmark on a solid blind frame in beech, upholstered and hand-stitched according to traditional craftsmanship. Both the fixed seat and the loose back cushion are with spring inserts, ensuring both comfort and durability. The 77 Chair is available in textile or leather, with burnished steel legs and wooden toes in oak or walnut.

Product details

Design:

Finn Juhl

Year:

1953, relaunched in 2023

Materials:

Legs: Burnished steel with toes in walnut or oak

Upholstery:

Textile or leather

Model and Dimensions:

FJ 5351 (armchair) W: 73 cm | D: 79 cm | H: 79 cm
Seat height: 40,5 cm

Behind the design

Drawing Inspiration from the USA: When Craftsmanship Meets Industry

As the only Danish designer on the international scene in the beginning of the 1950s, Finn Juhl had made his mark in the US and brought ideas back home. Inspired by his American colleagues, he managed to incorporate an international touch into furniture that was carried on slender legs in burnished or painted steel with wooden toes. One of these new furniture models was the 77 Chair that evokes memories of the international airport lounges and hotel lobbies of the 50s and 60, as well as architect-designed homes with large windows and graphic freestanding interiors.

Behind the rather modest and simple exterior of the 77 Chair lies time-consuming craftsmanship and materials of the finest quality. House of Finn Juhl produces the re-launched version in Denmark, as originally, on a solid blind frame in beech, upholstered and hand-stitched according to traditional craftsmanship in textile or leather.

Two 77 Chairs upholstered with 'Fuse' textile in the colour '233' on the seat and back cushions and 'Helia' textile in the colour '421' on the body.
Two 77 Chairs upholstered with 'Fuse' textile in the colour '233' on the seat and back cushions and 'Helia’ textile in the colour '421' on the body.
The 77 Chair upholstered in exclusive vegetal leather.
Finn Juhl & Bovirke

A Fruitful Collaboration

During the 1950s, Finn Juhl embarked on a departure from solely designing furniture for exclusive, handmade production in limited quantities. Instead, he set out to explore the possibilities within industrial production. It was at Bevirke in Frederiksberg where Finn Juhl found the first Danish furniture manufacturer who shared his vision of blending the finesse and aesthetic of traditional craftsmanship with the vast potential offered by the industry. Creating entirely new furniture types posed a challenge, yet despite the obstacles, the partnership between Finn Juhl and Bovirke yielded a range of successful furniture pieces that set new standard for industrially produced design furniture in Denmark. Among these new creations, the 77 Series symbolized this new direction.

Finn Juhl himself used the 77 Sofa in his showroom apartment in the Bellahøj high-rise building complex as well as in many of the 33 SAS terminals he designed between 1957 and 1961.

Two 77 Chairs upholstered with 'Fuse' textile in the colour '233' on the seat and back cushions and 'Helia’ textile in the colour '421' on the body. Seen alongside the 77 Sofa (three-seater) with ‘Fuse’ textile in the colour ‘631’ on the seat and back cushions and ‘Hello’ textile in the colour ’693’ on the body.
The 77 Chair upholstered in exclusive vegetal leather.
Details of the 77 Chair, upholstered in exclusive vegetal leather.

"The 77 Chair is an atypical Finn Juhl design

that does not feature his usual organic shapes,

but instead has a strict graphical design language

with clean lines. It's a good example of how

Finn Juhl used a new design language."

- Hans Henrik Sørensen

Two 77 Chairs upholstered with 'Fuse' textile in the colour '233' on the seat and back cushions and 'Helia’ textile in the colour '421' on the body. Seen with the Table Bench in walnut with orange steel legs and brass edges.
The 77 Series: Explore other models

Discover the three seater version from the same series

Experience the allure of the three seater sofa, offering extra seating space and a design that effortlessly harmonizes with various interior arrangements. With a wide selection of materials, the sofa can be customized to seamlessly complement any decor and style. Its generous size make in an ideal choice for creating a cozy and inviting space, enticing you to unwind and in great comfort and relaxation.

Discover
The 77 Sofa (three seater) with ‘Fuse’ textile in the colour ‘631’ on the seat and back cushions and ‘Helia’ textile in the colour ’693’ on the body.
Details of the 77 Sofa (three seater). Upholstered in ‘Fuse’ textile in the colour ‘631’ on the seat and back cushions and ‘Helia’ textile in the colour ’693’ on the body.
The 77 Series: Explore other models

Discover the Two Seater Version from the Same Series

Designed with compact living in mind, the two seater sofa proves to be an ideal choice for smaller apartments or for creating a cozy corner. Offering an inviting seating space, it effortlessly fosters an ambience of warmth and intimacy. The sofa easily blends into various styles and interior designs, as there are abundant opportunities to customize the upholstered materials. Additionally, it easily harmonizes with other furniture pieces, enabling you to create a cohesive and elegant decor.

Discover
The 77 Sofa (two seater) in oak (clear oil), upholstered with ‘Vidar’ textile in the colour ‘1880’. The loose back cushions are upholstered with ‘Reflex’ in the colour ’0589’.