The Universe of Finn Juhl – Press Release
“The Universe of Finn Juhl”
The 100th anniversary of the birth of Danish architect Finn Juhl will be celebrated in Japan with the exhibition “The Universe of Finn Juhl”.
In January 2012, the world famous architect Finn Juhl would have turned 100 years old. The event will be marked by an exhibition, which celebrates his organic furniture designs from 1940 onwards. The exhibition will be on show at Park Tower in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Another Dane, the designer Søren Ulrik Petersen, who has vast experience in furniture, exhibitions, interior and product design, has created the exhibition. Petersen has focused on the detail, silhouette, and craftsmanship of Finn Juhl’s furniture.
“The aim of the exhibition is to make the audience aware of the sensuality of Finn Juhl’s design universe. Therefore, I have emphasized the opportunity to both see and feel Finn Juhl’s furniture, and the visitors are very welcome to sit in the exhibits,” Petersen explains.
Finn Juhl, who was inspired by the free-spirited modern art of his time, designed his furniture to be containers for the free human body.
“Therefore, when we celebrate Finn Juhl’s 100th birthday, it is important to pass on the sensibilities of his furniture to the next generation, as he would have wished.
We want to invite people not only to look at his designs, but also touch and sense his famous furniture, which placed Denmark on the map of design nations in the 1950’s. Even today, we see that Onecollection’s re-launches of Finn Juhl classics are truly appreciated and sought after all over the world,” says managing director Henrik Sørensen, from furniture manufacturer Onecollection.
Onecollection has re-launched more than 20 different furniture designs by Finn Juhl, which will all be shown at the exhibition. Several of these are produced in Japan to exceptionally high standards. The pieces will be exhibited on a huge floor space, where every piece of furniture will create its own room within a room.
Huge photographs of details and silhouettes will complement the exhibits. Enormous mobiles created from isolated elements from Finn Juhl’s designs will hang from the ceiling. They will illustrate the craftsmanship as well as the visual lightness and sense of freedom, which was typical of Finn Juhl’s universe.
A separate part of the exhibition will showcase a university course at the University of Tokai in Japan, in co-operation with professor Mr. Noritsugu Oda and professor Mr. Noriyuki Nakao from the university’s Department of Art and Design together with professor Mr. Koichi Ono from the Department of Enviroment and Design. The course focuses on Finn Juhl’s own private home, which today is a museum under the auspices of the Ordrupgaard Museum of Art, outside the Danish capital.
Apart from the Finn Juhl designs, the exhibition will also showcase Kasper Salto’s and Thomas Sigsgaard’s brand new winning designs for the Trusteeship Counsel Hall at the UN building in New York, which was originally designed by Finn Juhl. The two designers will both be present at the opening and give a lecture about the challenges of the project.
The exhibition will open on January 28th 2012 with an opening reception for selected guests. At the same event, the Chairman of the Wilhelm Hansen Foundation will present the annual Finn Juhl Prize of 175,000 DKK and a miniature model of the Chieftain Chair.
The Danish Broadcasting Corporation, which is producing a number of programmes during the 100th anniversary year, will also be present.
The exhibition is organised by Onecollection A/S in cooperation with the Wilhelm Hansen Foundation, Design Museum Danmark and Tokai University, and will be open between January 28th and February 12th, 2012.
Information material such as pamphlets about the individual furniture designs will be produced in Japanese and English in cooperation with Design Museum Danmark and the Royal Danish Embassy in Tokyo.
For more information, please contact:
Managing Director Henrik Sørensen, Onecollection,
+45 70 27 71 01