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The France Chair | Finn Juhl | 1956

The France Chair | Finn Juhl | 1956

The France Chair was designed for the American market in 1956. Despite the fact that the chair is one of the few Finn Juhl chairs that were designed for industrial production, it is recognized by its fine details; the seat and back are lifted from the frame while the armrests have the iconic paper knife detail. The chair is available in oak, smoked oak, black painted oak or walnut with hand sewn upholstery in textile, leather or sheepskin.

Wood Type
Upholstery
Leather
Watercolour
Remix
321
Vidar
Hallingdal
Hallingdal beskrivelse

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:

1956, relaunched in 2016

Materials:

Frame: Oak, black painted oak, smoked oak or walnut

Upholstery:

Textile or leather

Model and Dimensions:

FJ 1360
W: 80 cm | D: 72 cm | H: 81 cm
Seat height: 38 cm

The France Chair was designed for the American market in 1956. Despite the fact that the chair is one of the few Finn Juhl chairs that were designed for industrial production, it is recognized by its fine details; the seat and back are lifted from the frame while the armrests have the iconic paper knife detail. The chair is available in oak, smoked oak, black painted oak or walnut with hand sewn upholstery in textile, leather or sheepskin.

Product details

Design:

Finn Juhl

Year:

1956, relaunched in 2016

Materials:

Frame: Oak, black painted oak, smoked oak or walnut

Upholstery:

Textile or leather

Model and Dimensions:

FJ 1360
W: 80 cm | D: 72 cm | H: 81 cm
Seat height: 38 cm

A wave of international success

The Partnership with France & Son

Finn Juhl rode a wave of international success during the 1950s - in part thanks to his partnership with the Danish furniture manufacturer France & Son. C.W.F. France was an English businessman who moved to Denmark in 1936 to run a small mattress factory together with cabinetmaker Eric Daverkosen, who passed away the following year. During the 1950s, the company became extremely successful.

In 1954 France & Daverkosen accounted for 60% of all Danish furniture exports and the factory employed 350 people at its peak. In 1957, the company changed its name to France & Son, when his son James France joined the company. In 1966 the company was sold to Poul Cadovious.

The France Chair in walnut with 'Vidar' upholstery in the colour '1511’.
The France Chair in smoked oak with 'Watercolour' upholstery in the colour 'Cast Iron'.
The Characteristics of The France Chair

Organic Design and Excellent Comfort

The France Chair was designed for the American market in the late 1950s. It was originally delivered flat-packed as knock-down furniture, which was France’s business idea and the main driver for his phenomenal success on the American market. Today, however, the chair is delivered fully assembled.

Despite the fact that the chair is one of the few Finn Juhl chairs that was designed for industrial production, it is recognized by its fine details; the seat and back are lifted from the frame while the armrests have the iconic paper knife detail which is also found on the 45 Chair. With a striking organically shaped wooden frame, and seat and back upholstered by hand in leather or textile, the chair has a timeless expression. Whether placed in a home office, a living room or a lobby, the France Chair is an elegant piece that embodies the importance of organic design and excellent comfort.

The France Chair in smoked oak with 'Canvas 2' upholstery in the colour '216'.
Two France Chairs as part of Finn Juhl's interior of the residence of the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington D.C. Photo: Designmuseum Danmark.
The France Chair in walnut with 'Velvet' leather upholstery in the colour '501'.
The France Chair in smoked oak with sheepskin upholstery in the colour 'Moonlight'.
The France Chair in walnut with 'Velvet' leather upholstery in the colour '501'.