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Stories | Paul Smith x Finn Juhl

Paul Smith x Finn Juhl

In September 2017 Paul Smith hosted a celebration of Danish design at his London flagship shop which featured the iconic Finn Juhl furniture matched with Paul Smith Maharam fabrics. The exhibition took place at Paul Smith No. 9 Albemarle Street and covered both the London Design Festival and Frieze London.

The 57 Sofa with 'Tonica' upholstery in the colour '171' on the body and Paul Smith 'Maharam - Point' on the back and cushions.

This collaboration brought together two designers who share similar values. Finn Juhl’s work is often defined by its unique details, constant surprises, and an underlying sense of joy – all of which could readily apply to the work of Paul Smith.

“Some countries are known for their food, others for their sporting prowess, Danes are known for their design abilities”, says Paul Smith. “It’s just in their blood and Finn Juhl is one of the best examples of this.”

Paul Smith is Britain’s foremost designer. He is renowned for his creative aesthetic, which combines tradition and modernity. Reaffirming the values that Paul set down in 1970, ‘classic with a twist’ remains the guiding principle of the company.

The 57 Sofa with 'Tonica' upholstery in the colour '171' on the body and Paul Smith 'Maharam - Point' on the back and cushions.
The 57 Sofa with 'Tonica' upholstery in the colour '171' on the body and Paul Smith 'Maharam - Point' on the back and cushions.

The exhibition featured a wide range of Finn Juhl designs, with special attention given to a number of exclusive collaboration pieces upholstered with Paul-Smith-designed Maharam fabric. Within the wider exhibition, the FJ Sideboard and Glove Cabinet feature a collection of colourful trays, which could easily be mistaken for a signature Paul Smith stripe.

The elegant Finn Juhl 108 and 109 Chair are given a new lease of life thanks to Paul Smith Maharam ‘Segmented Stripe’ fabric, while the dramatic 57 Sofa features combinations of coloured wool and Paul Smith Maharam ‘Point’ material. Finally, two Finn Juhl France Chairs are upholstered in Paul Smith Maharam ‘Assembled Check’ fabric.

“Finn Juhl combined an understanding of how things should work with how things should look to such beautiful effect”, Paul says and continues: “With his background in architecture he knew how to solve a problem with design and always did it with such amazing lines and such elegant simplicity.”

Pieces to discover

Furniture Featured in this Story

Discover the range of Finn Juhl pieces featured in this story. Click through the furniture below to dive into the history behind the creation of the individual pieces and find inspiring, captivating images along with information about material options and the sizes available.