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Finn Juhl’s iconic 45 Chair turns 75


In the Autumn of 1945, Finn Juhl presented the 45 Chair at the annual Cabinetmakers’
Guild Exhibition. Today, 75 years later, the chair is widely regarded as one of the most
revolutionizing and iconic pieces within Danish furniture design.

To celebrate its 75th anniversary, 45 Chairs ordered from today’s date until end of the year will be delivered with a brass anniversary plaque fitted underneath the chair.

Finn Juhl dreamt of studying art history and his deep understanding of international contemporary art is
abundantly clear in the bold 45 Chair. With its curved backrest and organic shape this chair cemented Finn Juhl as one of the leading designers of the 20th century.

The 45 Chair is a true masterpiece and has become an icon of Finn Juhl’s universe of furniture. With this
chair, Finn Juhl managed to create a never before seen design by separating the carried and the carrying
elements. The result became a sleek, strong and elegant expression. The space between the frame and the
seat creates a lightness which, combined with its organic shape and sublime detailing, ensures unique
beauty and floating elegance. The chair appeals to all senses and pleases the eye and body alike.
Furthermore, the 45 Chair has been called “the mother of all modern chairs” by the Japanese professor and design collector Mr. Noritsugu Oda.

The groundbreaking 45 Chair became the prelude to the unfolding of Finn Juhl’s characteristic style of
design that we know from the latter part of the 1940s. During this period, his designs are characterized
exactly by liberating the seat and backrest as a single unit carried by the frame. This approach became a
defining moment in establishing Finn Juhl’s status as a pioneer within furniture design.

The 45 Chair with brass anniversary plaque is available to order until December 31. Please contact the Triode team for details.