Double Chieftain chair from Onecollection
Irwin Weiner ASID - Everyone speaks fluent mid-century modern these days when it comes to home décor. But just like every furniture period, mid-century has its elite, its mass produced beauties, and its mass produced and knocked-off pale imitations of the elite. It's important to discern good style, proportion, and sculptural creativity in furnishings, and that's why Danish architect and furniture designer Finn Juhl stands out as one of the elite. His designs from the 1940s and 1950s were/are groundbreaking, and he created some masterpieces, like the Chieftain line (see the double chair above), and is widely known for being the father of Danish modern and the creator of the Finn Juhl chamber in the United Nations headquarters building in NYC. Fortunately his designs are still being produced by Onecollection.
I often observe that how someone dresses gives a clue to their home design style, and I was excited to find the following video tour of Finn Juhl's home where you can see a beautiful mix of furnishings, art, and accessories. (I'm sure Mr. Juhl was probably a snappy dresser!) Here is the pure essence of mid-century modern. Enjoy.
For more information on the Finn Juhl house, built in 1942, click here to read a Dwell magazine tribute article.