Egyptian chair

Dining Chair in walnut or teak. 1949.

Design historians have described Juhl’s Egyptian Chair as a miraculous mix of ancient Egyptian design principles combined with influences from modern rhythm, aerodynamics and fast cars.

The Chair first made its debut together with the famous Chieftain Chair at the annual Copenhagen Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition in 1949. Both chairs demonstrated Juhl’s unique genius and prompted an international interest for Danish design, which later acknowledged Finn Juhl as the Father of the Danish Modern style of design.

Many years later, Finn Juhl himself spoke about finding his source of inspiration for the chair in Paris:

“At the Louvre, I came face to face with a well preserved example of an Egyptian chair for the first time. I was fascinated by its profile with the characteristic triangle between the vertical legs, the tilted backrest and the horizontal rail between the front and the back legs. It is a steady and simple construction, which I have used in the dining chair called the Egyptian Chair. I must be honest and admit that I have stolen the construction, just like I have stolen the right angle and the circle. I also freely admit that there is no other style of furniture design from the past that I admire as much as the elegant and simple designs of these ancient Egyptian chairs. To me, they feel completely modern and fresh”. (Finn Juhl, Politiken 1976)

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