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The Fireplace Chair | Finn Juhl | 1946

The Fireplace Chair | Finn Juhl | 1946

The Fireplace Chair is a timeless design originally conceived by Finn Juhl in 1946. Finn Juhl designed the Fireplace Chair for the company Bovirke, and it is also referred to as the BO59. With sensual details such as the paper-knife armrest and its lavish informal comfort, the Fireplace Chair is a true Finn Juhl classic. We manufacture the chair at our production facilities in Vejen, Denmark, using FSC® certified ash, oak or walnut. The chair can be upholstered in leather or textile.

Wood Type
Upholstery
Leather
Hallingdal
Hallingdal beskrivelse
Remix
321
Vidar
Watercolour

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:

1946

Materials:

Ash, oak or walnut

Upholstery:

Leather or textiles

Model and Dimensions:

FJ 4610
W: 65 cm | D: 77 cm | H: 81 cm
Seat height: 41 cm

The Fireplace Chair is a timeless design originally conceived by Finn Juhl in 1946. Finn Juhl designed the Fireplace Chair for the company Bovirke, and it is also referred to as the BO59. With sensual details such as the paper-knife armrest and its lavish informal comfort, the Fireplace Chair is a true Finn Juhl classic. We manufacture the chair at our production facilities in Vejen, Denmark, using FSC® certified ash, oak or walnut. The chair can be upholstered in leather or textile.

Product details

Design:

Finn Juhl

Year:

1946

Materials:

Ash, oak or walnut

Upholstery:

Leather or textiles

Model and Dimensions:

FJ 4610
W: 65 cm | D: 77 cm | H: 81 cm
Seat height: 41 cm

THE STORY BEHIND THE CHAIR

The Legacy of the Fireplace Chair

When Finn Juhl began his collaboration with Bovirke in the mid-1940s, the alliance yielded some of Finn Juhl's most iconic designs, including the Reading Chair, the 46 Sofa, and maybe most notably, the Fireplace Chair. A chair that effortlessly captures the spirit of Finn Juhl's design philosophy, exuding warmth and fostering engaging conversation. It encapsulates the design traits which Finn Juhl is famous for, such as the separation between the carrying and the carried elements, while adding a playful feature in the form of a graceful cross-brace between the legs, vividly showcasing the unparalleled craftsmanship.

The design for the Fireplace Chair evolved from an armchair that Finn Juhl designed for book publisher Poul Westermann in 1943, which was crafted by Niels Vodder. The initial design featured the characteristic cross-struts beneath the seat but lacked the elegance of its successor. The version of the Fireplace Chair that Finn Juhl later designed for Bovirke, now relaunched by House of Finn Juhl, is also known as the BO59.

The Fireplace Chair photographed at our production facilities in Vejen, Denmark. The chair is crafted from FSC® certified ash (clear oil) and upholstered in VITA leather from Sørensen Leather.
THE DANISH PRODUCTION

A Commitment to Local Craftsmanship

Once renowned as a global leader in furniture production, Denmark experienced a flourishing era of design during the late 1940s through the 1960s. With the establishment of numerous factories, Danish Modern became a recognizable brand worldwide, securing Denmark's reputation as a design nation. However, in recent years, the Danish furniture industry has faced significant challenges, with hundreds of factories closing or relocating to countries with lower labour costs.

House of Finn Juhl is determined to reverse this trend by prioritizing local production and traditional craftsmanship. As part of this initiative, the recently re-launched Fireplace Chair serves as an important addition to the collection of pieces produced in Denmark, further solidifying House of Finn Juhl's dedication to revitalizing the Danish furniture industry.

The Fireplace Chair photographed at our production facilities in Vejen, Denmark. The chair is crafted from FSC® certified ash (clear oil) and upholstered in VITA leather from Sørensen Leather.
Details from the production facilities in Vejen, Denmark.
Frame and upholstery parts are assembled.
The frame for the Fireplace Chair is oiled at our furniture factory in Vejen, Denmark.

Since House of Finn Juhl expanded its Danish manufacturing capacity by acquiring the century-old Schou Andersen Møbelfabrik, a solid wood furniture specialist based in the small city of Vejen, several Finn Juhl chairs have been put into production at the 8,000 m2 facility, upholding a proud tradition of craftsmanship.

Currently, the majority of the Finn Juhl collection is produced in Denmark, with the company's headquarters and primary production site located in the city of Ringkøbing. A few exclusive wooden frames are crafted by House of Finn Juhl's esteemed Japanese partner. With a steadfast commitment to preserving local production and traditional craftsmanship in Denmark, House of Finn Juhl is looking back to the principles that defined Danish Modern and propelled Danish furniture to worldwide acclaim over half a century ago.

The Fireplace Chair photographed at our production facilities in Vejen, Denmark. The chair is crafted from FSC® certified ash (clear oil) and upholstered in VITA leather from Sørensen Leather.
The Fireplace Chair photographed at our production facilities in Vejen, Denmark. The chair is crafted from FSC® certified ash (clear oil) and upholstered in VITA leather from Sørensen Leather.
Details from the production of the Fireplace Chair's characteristic armrests.

Hans Henrik Sørensen, co-owner and founder, shares his thoughts on the launch and production of the Fireplace Chair:

"With our own workshop in the city of Vejen, we are able to produce even more of Finn Juhl's furniture on Danish soil. We are proud to continue this tradition and ensure that it thrives in Denmark in the future. By increasing our Danish production, we have even more control over our manufacturing processes, which we believe is crucial for the future we are all facing. At the same time, we continue to appreciate our long-standing collaboration with the talented Japanese craftspeople who handle a small, but both important and complex, part of the production. For over 20 years, we have focused on uncompromising craftsmanship of the highest quality. It is a balanced production setup we are proud of."

"By increasing our Danish production, we have

even more control over our manufacturing processes,

which we believe is crucial

for the future we are all facing."

"By increasing our

Danish production, we

have even more control

over our manufacturing

processes, which we

believe is crucial for

the future we

are all facing."

The Fireplace Chair photographed at our production facilities in Vejen, Denmark. The chair is crafted from FSC® certified ash (clear oil) and upholstered in VITA leather from Sørensen Leather.
Details from the production of the Fireplace Chair.
Finn Juhl's original drawing of the Fireplace Chair. Photo: Pernille Klemp and Designmuseum Danmark