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The 48 Sofa Bench | Finn Juhl | 1948

The 48 Sofa Bench | Finn Juhl | 1948

The 48 Sofa Bench is defined by Finn Juhl’s characteristic, sculptural shapes and delicate details. The chair embraces the seated person while rounded surfaces are shaped to fit the gravity of the resting body and its proportions. The 48 Sofa Bench is available in oak with armrests and toes in walnut and a version entirely in walnut. The Sofa Bench is upholstered in either textile or leather.

Wood Type
Upholstery
Leather

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 2018

Materials:

Frame: Oak/walnut, walnut

Upholstery:

Textile or leather

Dimensions:

W: 125 cm | D: 63 cm | H: 80 cm
Seat height: 44 cm

The 48 Sofa Bench is defined by Finn Juhl’s characteristic, sculptural shapes and delicate details. The chair embraces the seated person while rounded surfaces are shaped to fit the gravity of the resting body and its proportions. The 48 Sofa Bench is available in oak with armrests and toes in walnut and a version entirely in walnut. The Sofa Bench is upholstered in either textile or leather.

Product details

Design:

Finn Juhl

Year:

1948, relaunched in 2018

Materials:

Frame: Oak/walnut, walnut

Upholstery:

Textile or leather

Dimensions:

W: 125 cm | D: 63 cm | H: 80 cm
Seat height: 44 cm

About the 48 Sofa Bench

An Elegant and Timeless Piece

Even to the modern eye it is clear that Finn Juhl’s ideas reached far into the future, when the 48 Sofa Bench was presented in 1948. He never let his innovative designs stand alone but rather opted for creating a so called “Gesamtkunstwerk” – a German word, which means entirety experienced and achieved through even the smallest of details. Finn Juhl’s stand at the Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition was thus a fully designed work.

In 1948, the Danish newspaper Politiken wrote the following review about Finn Juhl and Niels Vodder’s stand “The Study of an Art Collector”:

“… The collaboration between Vodder and Finn Juhl is not a new one. They have participated at the (Cabinetmakers’ Guild) Exhibitions with increasing success for years now. But this year they have managed to reach a new level, best classified as a new school of design.”

The 48 Sofa Bench in walnut upholstered in 'Vegetal' leather in the colour '90'.
About the 48 Sofa Bench

Sculptural Details and Multiple Materials

The organically shaped seat and backrest of the 48 Sofa Bench, upholstered in textile or leather, are raised from the carrying frame in an almost demonstrative manner. Visually lifting the seated person, making it appear as if the law of gravity has been defeated.

Additionally, the 48 Series is characterized by the use of multiple materials. Today, it is rare to see furniture that employs two different types of wood. This type of contrast has been left almost entirely to Finn Juhl despite the many years that have passed. The 48 Sofa Bench is available in oak with armrests and toes in walnut and a version entirely in walnut. The Sofa Bench is upholstered in either textile or leather.

The 48 Sofa Bench in walnut upholstered in 'Vegetal' leather in the colour '90'.
Finn Juhl's original watercolour depicting the 48 Sofa Bench from 1948. Photo credit: Pernille Klemp, Designmuseum Danmark
The 48 Sofa Bench in walnut upholstered in 'Vegetal' leather in the colour '90'.
The 48 Sofa Bench in walnut upholstered in 'Vegetal' leather in the colour '90'.