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Pelican chair special edition 75th anniversary


The Pelican chair is celebrating its 75th anniversary! Since 1940, the small organic armchair has won the hearts of several generations of purchasers who prize its comfort and sensuality. Enticing and sculptural, the curved Pelican is one of those modernist icons that has joined the ranks of pieces capable of retaining their dynamic qualities throughout the century. Still comparing favourably today with the most prestigious and contemporary creators. A special edition covered with a fabric designed by the Danish artist Asger Jorn will be launched on this occasion at Triode, House of Finn Juhl Paris, and at Le Bon Marché in Paris. This spontaneous and joyful entanglement of motifs called Macbeth (1942) is most likely the sketch of a painting. This visual artist worked notably with Le Corbusier. He considered painting and writing as one and the same discipline devoted to producing symbols.


Along with Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl (1912-1989) is one of the forefathers of Danish Modern style that made this country the leading nation in terms of domestic furnishing from the 40s to the start of the 60s. Finn Juhl’s “leg” is characterized by a resolutely sculptural approach, a result of the right balance between modernist precepts and artisanal know-how, between functional and organic lines. Influenced by the Dadaist painter and sculptor Jean Arp, his first pieces like the Pelican chair (1940) and the Poeten sofa (1941), are shifts in style that have since become fully-fledged landmarks in Danish history and heritage alongside his famous Chieftain chair (1949). The noble materials combined with the radical organic forms of this furniture concoct a veritable feast for the eyes, with unrivalled user comfort that has traversed the decades.

Awarded by several accolades including 5 gold medals at the Milan Furniture Fair in 1954 and 1957, as well as the American Institute of Design Prize in 1964, Finn Juhl died in 1989. Almost all of his pieces are today reissued by Onecollection (Denmark) and distributed in France by Triode, the “House of Finn Juhl in Paris”.

House of Finn Juhl Paris

c/o Galerie Triode

28 rue Jacob

75006 Paris

+ 33 (0) 1 43 29 40 05



House of Finn Juhl at Bon Marché Rive Gauche

from 1st to 30th April 2015

24, rue de Sèvres

75007 Paris

Tel – + 33 (0)

Fax – + 33 (0)

From Monday to Saturday 10am – 8pm

Until 9pm Thursday and Friday