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The Hulsø Shelf | Finn Juhl | 1949

The Hulsø Shelf | Finn Juhl | 1949

The Hulsø shelf's organically shaped design challenges the conventional notion of a shelf as merely a backdrop for displayed objects. Instead, the Hulsø Shelf stands as an artistic element in its own right, adding aesthetic value to any room beyond its function. When multiple shelves are combined, they create a cohesive organic expression with soft, curve lines, adding both function and decoration to any space. The Hulsø Shelf is available in solid FSC® certified oak or walnut and can be mounted on the wall individually, in rows, or in free formations.

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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:

1949, relaunched in 2024

Materials:

Solid FSC® certified oak or walnut. The shelf features a specially designed wall bracket that allows for adjustment after mounting.

Model and Dimensions:

FJ 4990 (shelf) W: 90 cm | D: 26,5 cm | H: 16,5 cm

The Hulsø shelf's organically shaped design challenges the conventional notion of a shelf as merely a backdrop for displayed objects. Instead, the Hulsø Shelf stands as an artistic element in its own right, adding aesthetic value to any room beyond its function. When multiple shelves are combined, they create a cohesive organic expression with soft, curve lines, adding both function and decoration to any space. The Hulsø Shelf is available in solid FSC® certified oak or walnut and can be mounted on the wall individually, in rows, or in free formations.

Product details

Design:

Finn Juhl

Year:

1949, relaunched in 2024

Materials:

Solid FSC® certified oak or walnut. The shelf features a specially designed wall bracket that allows for adjustment after mounting.

Model and Dimensions:

FJ 4990 (shelf) W: 90 cm | D: 26,5 cm | H: 16,5 cm

THE HISTORY BEHIND

The Holistic Approach

Although Finn Juhl is primarily known for his sculptural furniture, his talents were not confined to this area alone. Trained as an architect, he excelled in creating magnificent, holistic exhibitions and interiors. A notable example is his iconic work for the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the UN headquarters in New York in 1952. Finn Juhl himself used the term "Gesamtkunstwerk" to describe a cohesive space where each element contributes to the overall experience.

It was this holistic approach that led Finn Juhl to design the shelf that House of Finn Juhl has named Hulsø. During a review of the drawing archive, a wave-shaped shelf with beautiful details was discovered, initially part of an interior design for the "winter garden" for Magister W. Andersen in Hulsø Ege, Rungsted, Denmark.

The Hulsø Shelf's organic silhouette becomes more pronounced when multiple shelves are arranged together in a formation.
The Hulsø Shelf stands as an artistic element in its own right, adding aesthetic value to any room beyond its function.
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This specific interior, including the shelf, is illustrated in two of Finn Juhl's original watercolors, and there's also a detailed technical drawing of the shelf dated 1949. The colourful interior also features Finn Juhl's bold Wall Sofa and his most famous furniture piece, the Chieftain Chair, designed in the same year.

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There's some mystery surrounding the original context of the shelf: The house in Hulsø Ege, Rungsted, dating back to 1917, still exists, but no further information about Finn Juhl's 1949 interior project has been found.

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Nevertheless, Finn Juhl's precise drawing has enabled House of Finn Juhl to recreate and now launch the Hulsø Shelf - 75 years after it was first designed.

"The Hulsø Shelf elegantly

forms a backdrop for the objects on display,

while also being an artistic element in itself."

"The Hulsø Shelf elegantly

forms a backdrop for the

objects on display,

while also being an artistic

element in itself."