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The Whisky Chair | Finn Juhl | 1948

The Whisky Chair | Finn Juhl | 1948

The Whisky Chair was designed by Finn Juhl in 1948 and is characterized by his artistic sense of shape, function, and detail. The chair is produced in American walnut and is upholstered by hand in leather and/or textile. Furthermore, the chair is crafted with a handmade brass tray and characteristic brass feet. Upon purchase, customers will receive a unique mouth-blown glass crafted by glassmaker Mikkel Yerst. The first 250 chairs sold are numbered and with each chair the customer will receive a complimentary bottle of a limited peat smoked single malt whisky, aged in an Amarone wine cask, by the award-winning Danish distillery Stauning Whisky.

Wood Type
Upholstery
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:

1948, relaunched in 2022

Materials:

Frame: Walnut

Upholstery:

Textile and/or leather

Model and Dimensions:

FJ 4880
W: 79 cm | D: 85 cm | H: 95 cm
Seat height: 35.5 cm.

The Whisky Chair was designed by Finn Juhl in 1948 and is characterized by his artistic sense of shape, function, and detail. The chair is produced in American walnut and is upholstered by hand in leather and/or textile. Furthermore, the chair is crafted with a handmade brass tray and characteristic brass feet. Upon purchase, customers will receive a unique mouth-blown glass crafted by glassmaker Mikkel Yerst. The first 250 chairs sold are numbered and with each chair the customer will receive a complimentary bottle of a limited peat smoked single malt whisky, aged in an Amarone wine cask, by the award-winning Danish distillery Stauning Whisky.

Product details

Design:

Finn Juhl

Year:

1948, relaunched in 2022

Materials:

Frame: Walnut

Upholstery:

Textile and/or leather

Model and Dimensions:

FJ 4880
W: 79 cm | D: 85 cm | H: 95 cm
Seat height: 35.5 cm.

An extravagant chair

Walnut, Brass and Mouth-Blown Glass

The Whisky Chair was designed by Finn Juhl in 1948 and is characterized by the designer's artistic sense of shape, function, and detail. Finn Juhl played a groundbreaking role in the Danish Modern design movement as his sculptural furniture manifested Denmark's position as a pioneering country within furniture design.

The exclusive chair was originally presented at the Cabinetmakers' Guild Exhibition in 1948, as part of Finn Juhl's concept "The Living Room of an Art Collector", but was not put into production. Finn Juhl always dared to stand alone and was unconcerned about the critics who found his designs too extravagant.

Upon purchase, customers will receive a unique mouth-blown glass crafted by glassmaker Mikkel Yerst. Finn Juhl's original drawing does not depict the glass, meaning that the chair itself has served as the inspiration for the powerful shape of the specially designed glass.

The Whisky Chair in walnut upholstered in 'Watercolour' textile in the colours 'Dark Conifer' and 'Mojave'.
Details of the extravagant brass tray and the mouth-blown whisky glass.
Finn Juhl's original watercolour depicting the Whisky Chair from 1948. Photo credit: Pernille Klemp, Designmuseum Danmark
About the Whisky Chair

Playfully Provocative

The Whisky Chair is not only extravagant, it is also playfully provocative - perhaps even borderline politically incorrect. The right armrest unfolds organically towards the end, making way for a handmade half-moon shaped brass tray. The tray can unfold into a full circle where a hole in the brass surface is shaped to hold a glass.

The first 250 chairs sold are numbered and with each chair the customer will receive a complimentary bottle of a limited peat smoked single malt whisky, aged in an Amarone wine cask, by the award-winning Danish distillery Stauning Whisky.

Finn Juhl's original watercolour drawing from 1948 shows how two chairs fit perfectly together, as the right and left armrests are asymmetrical. The Whisky Chair is overwhelmingly comfortable and invites you to partake in a special moment of immersion and enjoyment.

The Whisky Chair in walnut upholstered in 'Watercolour' textile in the colours 'Dark Conifer' and 'Mojave'.
The Whisky Chair in walnut upholstered in 'Watercolour' textile in the colours 'Dark Conifer' and 'Mojave'.
Two Whisky Chairs in walnut upholstered in 'Watercolour' textile in the colours 'Dark Conifer' and 'Mojave'.
"To us, it is simply extraordinary, that Finn Juhl designed a chair which incorporates a glass of whisky in this manner. In a way, it tells you all you need to know about him. He designed freely, without giving the commercial aspect of his creations much thought. However, his designs were always functionally justified. His pieces were often exclusive and certainly not within everyone's reach. For this reason, the Whisky Chair was never put into production during Finn Juhl's life, but remained merely a comment to the social democratic Denmark in the late 40's, that did not allow for this type of extravagance." - Hans Henrik Sørensen, founder and co-owner of House of Finn Juhl.