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THE 46 SOFA | FINN JUHL | 1946

THE 46 SOFA | FINN JUHL | 1946

As the name suggests, this bold and curvaceous two seater sofa was originally designed in 1946. The sofa was manufactured by the upholsterer Carl Brørup in his workshop in Copenhagen. Finn Juhl was strongly influenced by modern art which is reflected in his designs of that time – and the 46 Sofa is no exception. With its free-flowing design and sculptural form, the 46 Sofa embodies Finn Juhl’s approach to furniture design inspired by the freedom from convention reflected in modern art.

Wood Type
Upholstery
Hallingdal
Hallingdal beskrivelse
Remix
321
Vidar
Watercolour
Sheepskin

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:

1946, relaunched in 2008

Materials:

Legs: Walnut, oak or black painted oak

Upholstery:

Textile or leather

Model and Dimensions:

FJ 4600
W: 132 cm | D: 75 cm | H: 80 cm
Seat height: 42 cm

As the name suggests, this bold and curvaceous two seater sofa was originally designed in 1946. The sofa was manufactured by the upholsterer Carl Brørup in his workshop in Copenhagen. Finn Juhl was strongly influenced by modern art which is reflected in his designs of that time – and the 46 Sofa is no exception. With its free-flowing design and sculptural form, the 46 Sofa embodies Finn Juhl’s approach to furniture design inspired by the freedom from convention reflected in modern art.

Product details

Design:

Finn Juhl

Year:

1946, relaunched in 2008

Materials:

Legs: Walnut, oak or black painted oak

Upholstery:

Textile or leather

Model and Dimensions:

FJ 4600
W: 132 cm | D: 75 cm | H: 80 cm
Seat height: 42 cm

About the 46 Sofa

Finn Juhl’s Fascination with Modern Art

As a young man, Finn Juhl dreamt of becoming an art historian, however his father would not allow it. In spite of this, Finn Juhl remained strongly influenced by modern art – especially during the 1930s and 1940s. This source of inspiration was the main reason his designs took such organic shapes with almost human-like features. Finn Juhl worked from the core and outwards in a similar fashion to that of a surrealist artist, and was inspired by the freedom from convention reflected in art. The 46 Sofa embodies his approach to furniture design, with a soft sculptural form inspired by artists such as Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso.

The 46 Sofa with walnut legs and 'Rime' upholstery in the colour '721'.
About the 46 sofa

A True Representation of Excellent Craftsmanship

Just like Finn Juhl’s iconic Pelican Chair, the 46 Sofa is also a “body for the body” as the curvaceous sofa embraces the seated person. Only this sofa can accommodate two people. At the time when the 46 Sofa was introduced, Finn Juhl’s artistic license was heavily criticized. Some critics scornfully called his furniture “tired walruses''. Today, the 46 Sofa is an elegant addition to any interior style. Embodying an organic and fluid design, the 46 Sofa creates a comfortable seat for two, perfect for a living room space. The sofa is masterfully built, consisting of a solid wooden frame with springs in the cushion and entirely hand sewn upholstery. The 46 Sofa is a true representation of timeless and excellent craftsmanship.

The 46 Sofa with walnut legs and 'Rime' upholstery in the colour '721'.
The 46 Sofa with walnut legs and 'Siksak' upholstery in the colour '14-120'.
The 46 Sofa with oak (dark oil) legs and 'Watercolour' upholstery in the colour 'Pink Salt'.
Finn Juhl's original watercolour depicting the 46 Sofa from 1946. Photo credit: Pernille Klemp, Designmuseum Danmark