First introduced by Finn Juhl and cabinetmaker Niels Vodder in 1949, the sofa was a one-off accompaniment to the impressive Chieftain Chair. The sofa remains part of Copenhagen's Designmuseum Danmark's permanent collection of modern Danish furniture and is a masterpiece of design. Defined by a grand, handcrafted Walnut frame, upholstered by hand in Denmark with luxurious leather, the Chieftain is a timeless embodiment of artistry and materials of the finest quality. With its comfortable low seat and sculptural, spacious frame, the sofa creates a beautiful, calming resting place, as well as acting as a striking centrepiece in a room. Also available, 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.