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THE PELICAN CHAIR | FINN JUHL | 1940

THE PELICAN CHAIR | FINN JUHL | 1940

Finn Juhl’s fascination for surrealism is clearly visible in the Pelican Chair. Out of all his many designs, the Pelican Chair was probably the one furthest ahead of its time. The Pelican Chair is produced in two versions - with or without buttons. It is manufactured with a cushion and upholstered by hand in Denmark in textile, sheepskin or leather. The legs are available in oak, walnut or black painted.

Wood Type
Upholstery
Hallingdal
Hallingdal beskrivelse
Sheepskin
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:

1940, relaunched in 2001

Materials:

Legs: Walnut, oak or black painted

Upholstery:

Textile, sheepskin or leather

Dimensions:

W: 85 cm | D: 76 cm | H: 68 cm
Seat height: 37 cm

Finn Juhl’s fascination for surrealism is clearly visible in the Pelican Chair. Out of all his many designs, the Pelican Chair was probably the one furthest ahead of its time. The Pelican Chair is produced in two versions - with or without buttons. It is manufactured with a cushion and upholstered by hand in Denmark in textile, sheepskin or leather. The legs are available in oak, walnut or black painted.

Product details

Design:

Finn Juhl

Year:

1940, relaunched in 2001

Materials:

Legs: Walnut, oak or black painted

Upholstery:

Textile, sheepskin or leather

Dimensions:

W: 85 cm | D: 76 cm | H: 68 cm
Seat height: 37 cm

About the Pelican Chair

A Chair that was Decades Ahead of Its Time

When the Pelican Chair was presented at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition in 1940, it stood out with its unusual animalistic shape and sturdy legs.

The iconic chair blends in perfectly with today’s modern interiors. The chair is a perfect match for the Pelican Table and the Poet Sofa.

The Pelican Chair with walnut legs and sheepskin upholstery in the colour 'Moonlight'.
The Pelican Chair with walnut legs and 'Watercolour' upholstery in the colour 'Warm Amber'.
About the Pelican Chair

Like a Body Holding a Body

Finn Juhl normally named his furniture simply after the year in which they were designed, but over time the nickname "The Pelican" stuck to the chair.  Even though the Pelican Chair became instantaneously famous, 61 years would pass before it was put into production in 2001. The characteristic soft and organic shape is almost like a body holding a body. When you sit down, the chair practically gives you a friendly hug. Like many of Finn Juhl’s later designs, the chair offers several comfortable ways to sit.

The Pelican Chair with walnut legs and 'Karakorum' upholstery in the colour 'Ivory'.
The Pelican Chair exhibited at the Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition in 1940.
The Pelican Chair with walnut legs and 'Watercolour' upholstery in the colour 'Pumpkin Spice'.
The Pelican Chair with walnut legs and 'Watercolour' upholstery in the colour 'Pumpkin Spice'.
Finn Juhl's original drawing of the Pelican Chair from 1940. Photo credit: Pernille Klemp, Designmuseum Danmark
The Pelican Chair with walnut legs and 'Vidar' upholstery in the colour '1511'.
Pelican Chairs with walnut legs and 'Watercolour' upholstery in the colours 'Chestnut' (left), Fresh Sage (middle) and 'Heather' (right).
The Pelican Chair with walnut legs and 'Watercolour' upholstery in the colour 'Rose Quartz'.
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