Finn Juhl’s Chair

Chieftain Chair

The iconic Chieftain Chair is one of Finn Juhl’s absolute masterpieces, representing the peak of his career as a furniture designer. At its introduction in 1949, the chair marked a renewal of the Danish furniture design tradition. Today it is perceived as one of the most important exponents of the Danish Modern movement in the US during the 1950s. For this reason, Finn Juhl is often considered one of the fathers of Danish Modern design.

Inspired by modern art, the Chieftain Chair with its organic shapes liberated itself from traditional Danish furniture design and strict functionalism in both shape, construction and materials.

In 2012, the Chieftain Chair won the Danish Design Award Classic. The jury said in its motivation: ”Today, the Chieftain Chair stands as an inspiration to a new generation of furniture designers and as proof that attention to quality, international calibre and a will to break away from tradition can pave the way to making a difference as a designer”.


  • Designer or Artist: FINN JUHL’S
  • Editor: NIELS VODDER
  • Period: 1949
  • Origin: DENMARK
  • Dimensions: L100 x H92,5 x D88 cm

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