First designed in 1949, the Chieftain Armchair is one of the true masterpieces of Danish furniture design. Percieved as one of the most important pieces during the Danish Modern movement in the United States in the 1950s, the Chieftan represents pioneering, influential furniture design. Defined by an organic, curved walnut frame and luxurious, soft leather upholstery, the chair provides exceptional comfort, acting as a stand-out statement piece in any interior space. Embodying the importance of classic furniture design and high level craftsmanship, the chair is a timeless, stunning show-piece. Also available, the Chieftain Sofa and the matching Chieftain Footstool.
Finn Juhl was born on the 30th January 1912 in Frederiksberg, Denmark.
Although trained in architecture, it was his modern furniture designs that made him an international name. His first pieces of furniture were designed for his own apartment and were manufactured by the young Danish carpenter, Niels Vodder.
In 1946 Juhl got his first major interior assignment at Bing and Grøndahl’s store at Amagertorv in Copenhagen. This later became one of his main works and was awarded with the Eckersberg Medal in 1947. Soon after, he was given the opportunity to help furnish the new headquarters of the United Nations in NY - something which established his name with the American audience.