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The Japan Chair | Finn Juhl | 1957

The Japan Chair | Finn Juhl | 1957

Even with this simple construction, Finn Juhl was true to his idea of emphasizing the difference between the carried and the carrying elements by separating the backrest from the bearing frame with brackets in brass. The Japan Chair is produced in oak or walnut with upholstery in textile or leather.

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:

1957, relaunched in 2019

Materials:

Frame: Oak or walnut

Upholstery:

Textile or leather

Dimensions:

W: 61 cm | D: 70 cm | H: 78 cm
Seat height: 35 cm

Even with this simple construction, Finn Juhl was true to his idea of emphasizing the difference between the carried and the carrying elements by separating the backrest from the bearing frame with brackets in brass. The Japan Chair is produced in oak or walnut with upholstery in textile or leather.

Product details

Design:

Finn Juhl

Year:

1957, relaunched in 2019

Materials:

Frame: Oak or walnut

Upholstery:

Textile or leather

Dimensions:

W: 61 cm | D: 70 cm | H: 78 cm
Seat height: 35 cm

The story behind the chair

Serene Simplicity in its Finest Form

The Japan Chair is defined by its elegant frame which is visible from every angle. The curvy shape radiates serene simplicity and is a reference to a traditional Japanese temple door. 

Finn Juhl’s partnership with the furniture manufacturer France & Son gave birth to a series of furniture well-suited for industrial production, while staying true to the ideals of organic shapes within simple designs that reigned in the 1950s. The most famous example of this cooperation is probably the Japan Series from 1957, which consists of a lounge chair, a footstool, a two seater sofa and a three seater sofa.

The Japan Chair in walnut with 'Rami' upholstery in the colour '6810'.
Finn Juhl's Inspiration

The Japanese Connection

The sublime simplicity of the chair is a far cry from his earlier furniture designs and is inspired by traditional Japanese building techniques. The solid horizontal backrest, resting on the slightly tapered legs, is a reference to a Japanese temple door. The backrest ends in a circular recess, adding an optically refined impression with great effect - a characteristic which is very typical of Finn Juhl, who famously said that the deviation is in the detail.

The Japan Chair in walnut with 'Rami' upholstery in the colour '6810'.
The Japan Chair in walnut with 'Fiord' upholstery in the colour '442'.