A masterpiece in modern design, the Chieftain is perceived as one of the most important exponents of the Danish Modern movement in the US during the 1950s; cementing Finn Juhl's status as one of the father's of Danish Modern design. Defined by organic shapes and sculptural details, the footstool provides additional, elevated support when sat in the sofa or lounge chair, creating a relaxed, comforting seating experience. Constructed from walnut and upholstered by hand with luxurious Sorensen leather, the design embodies the importance of classic furniture design and high-level craftsmanship.
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.