Wood

The use of quality wood is crucial for the Finn Juhl collection. When properly sourced and selected, the natural material contains unique qualities which ensures gracefulness and durability for generations.  With distinctive and natural structures, the material creates life and movement, making it the ideal choice for organically shaped furniture like Finn Juhl's. 

 

It is important to be aware that no two trees are alike and the living material is continually changing. The colour and the texture will change in appearance over time as it becomes affected by the environment in which it is placed. In order to maintain the look, we advise you to read our maintenance and care guide.

 

Please note that the images shown are for guidance only. There will be colour and texture differences from the images shown to the furniture delivered.

Oak

Oak is a hard, robust and versatile wood type with open pores and a fine and distinct grain structure. It has been the superior construction material for mankind in thousands of years. When used for Finn Juhl furniture the trees are between 100 and 200 years old when they are felled, however with some mother trees being much older. All oak used for Finn Juhl furniture are selected European oak from FSC certified forestry.

Oak Clear oil

When treated with clear oil the tone of the oak is kept light, meaning that the wood’s original colour is maintained for longer and premature darkening is prevented. The oil also protects the surface of the wood and makes it more resistant to water and stains while leaving the structure visible and touchable. The oil is absorbed into the wood, creating a smooth surface with a silky touch.

Oak Dark oil

The dark oil treatment enhances the grain structure of the oak and provides it with a warm and darker tone. The dark oil is a natural oil based on virgin linseed oil. The oil protects the surface and makes it more resistant to water and stains while leaving the structure visible and touchable. The oil is absorbed into the wood, creating a smooth surface with a soft and natural feel to it.

Oak Smoked

Smoked oak is an old way of treating oak. The dark brown colour comes when the natural content of tannic acid in the oak reacts with ammoniac. The colour can vary depending on the content of acid but is typically in an elegant matte dark brown. Finally, the smoked oak is treated with a dark oil. The oil is absorbed into the wood and creates a smooth surface with a silky touch. The oil protects the surface of the wood and makes it more resistant to water and stains.

Oak Black painted

A black paint is applied to the oak. The treatment protects the surface and makes it resistant to water and stains while leaving the grain structure visible.

Walnut

Walnut is a versatile hardwood, often with an elegant curvy grain structure which enhances the character of the wood. It is strong and stable and is well suited for fine furniture. The walnut used for Finn Juhl furniture is carefully selected American Black Walnut. The trees are often solitude standing trees and not from a forest. Therefore, no forestry certification is provided for Black Walnut in the USA. 

Walnut Oil

Walnut has a strong and rich hue which ranges from light golden brown to dark. The oil treatment protects the surface and makes it more resistant to water and stains while leaving the structure visible and touchable.

Oregon Pine

Oregon Pine comes from slow growing firtrees on the west side of the Rocky Mountains. Oregon Pine is both durable and flexible, and the delicate grain structure is mainly uniform and straight. Oregon Pine comes from FSC certified forests in Oregon and Washington.

Oregon pine Oil 

The oil treatment protects the surface and makes it more resistant to water and stains while leaving the structure visible and touchable. At first the colour is light and golden, and over time it will change into a more warm reddish-brown colour under the influence of light and air.

Maintenance

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR SOLID WOOD FURNITURE

When properly cleaned and maintained, solid wood furniture develops an elegant and unique patina over time. Wood is a living material and is influenced by sunlight, air temperature and humidity. Solid wood furniture should not be placed too close to heat sources, such as wood stoves and radiators. In addition, exposing the furniture to direct sunlight over a longer period of time should be avoided. Both scenarios can dry out the wood and cause cracks. Lastly, it should be avoided to place solid wood furniture in rooms where humidity is fluctuating.

The surface of the wood is kept clean with a dry, soft cloth for regular cleaning. In case of light stains, use a damp, soft cloth which prior has been tightly wrung in clean boiled water and cooled down to lukewarm temperature. If the surface is particularly dirty, soap flakes can be added to the water. If liquid is spilled, it should be wiped off immediately as it can leave marks on the surface and cause damage or discolouration. Never use harsh or chemical cleaning agents. Do not use sharp or rough tools for cleaning as they can cause damage to the wood.

We recommend only applying a thin layer of oil to the furniture when necessary, depending on the use and the environment in which they are placed, for instance if the surface looks dry or dull or is visibly stained. We recommend reapplying a thin layer of oil no more than 1-2 times a year. Always use the same type of oil that the furniture was treated with originally.

WARNING: Note that sponges or cloths which have been used for applying oil can self-ignite and should be carefully disposed. The sponges or cloths can even self-ignite outside. Store them in an airtight metal, glass or plastic container with a small amount of water.

 

REAPPLYING OIL TO YOUR SOLID WOOD FURNITURE

Wipe the wooden surface clean with a damp, soft cloth which prior has been tightly wrung in clean boiled water and cooled down to lukewarm temperature. Soap flakes can be added to the water to remove stains. Leave the surface to dry off completely before applying the oil. If rough stains or dirt is still visible after the cleaning, gently sand the wooden surface with extra fine sandpaper with a minimum of 240 grits. Be sure to only work in the wood grain’s longitudinal direction. Remember to wipe the surface clean with a dry, soft cloth to remove dust from sanding. Pour a small amount of oil onto a clean, soft sponge or cloth and apply the oil to all wooden surfaces. Be careful that when working with the oil it should be only in the wood grain’s longitudinal direction. Let the wood absorb the oil for approximately 15 minutes. Afterwards, remove any excess oil by wiping the surface with a clean, soft cloth. Leave the furniture to dry for at least 24 hours. Be sure to let the oil dry completely before using the furniture again. If you are treating an upholstered piece of furniture, be very careful not to get oil on the upholstered areas. 

WARNING: Note that sponges or cloths which have been used for applying oil can self-ignite and should be carefully disposed. The sponges or cloths can even self-ignite outside. Store them in an airtight metal, glass or plastic container with a small amount of water.

 

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR PAINTED WOOD FURNITURE

Wipe the surface of the wood with a dry, soft cloth for regular cleaning. In case of light stains, use a damp cloth which prior has been tightly wrung in clean boiled water and cooled down to lukewarm temperature. If the surface is particularly dirty, you can add soap flakes to the clean water. Never use harsh or chemical cleaning agents as they can damage the painted surface. Do not use sharp or rough tools for cleaning as they can cause scratches and damage to the paint.

 

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR VENEERED WOOD FURNITURE

The surface is kept clean with a dry, soft cloth. In case of light stains, use a damp, soft cloth which prior has been tightly wrung in clean boiled water and cooled down to lukewarm temperature. If the surface is particularly dirty, you can add soap flakes to the clean water. Never use harsh or chemical cleaning agents. Do not use sharp or rough tools for cleaning as they can cause damage to the wood.
Be careful not to place vases or other decoration in the same place for a longer period of time, as this may cause a difference in colour that will be difficult to correct afterwards.
We recommend only applying a thin layer of oil to the furniture when necessary, depending on the use and the environment in which they are placed, for instance if the surface looks dry or dull or is visibly stained. We recommend reapplying oil no more than 1-2 times a year. Always use the same type of oil that the furniture was treated with originally. Oil can be reapplied on veneered wood furniture in the same way as with solid wood furniture. The only difference is that we do not recommend sanding the veneered furniture.

WARNING: Note that sponges or cloths which have been used for applying oil can self-ignite and should be carefully disposed. The sponges or cloths can even self-ignite outside. Store them in an airtight metal, glass or plastic container with a small amount of water.