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Fall is coming – We dressed Finn Juhl for the furniture fair northmodern

The word season is often associated with the fashion industry and not classic furniture that rarely links to the changing seasons. Despite of this we decided that a splash of Autumn/Winter colours would add a certain touch to the showcase of Finn Juhl’s furniture at the fair northmodern in Copenhagen. At the same time though, we all know that the sofa in light brown leather and the icy blue chair will last for generations.

This idea meant, that we selected beautiful colours from Kvadrat’s Fiord series together with soft leather from Camo in Autumn/Winter colours to create a balance between the Finn Juhl classics and Henrik Tengler’s modern designs.

Finn Juhl Poet Sofa and France Chair

Onecollection’s office lounge

Whether it is the office that needs to be integrated into the home or the office that needs a more cosy feeling to it, something happens when you manage to make organic shapes complement exclusive rotatable chairs and modern adjustable tables. The stand at northmodern was our take on an aesthetic and functional office lounge!

The stand was shining in bright light with lamps from the Swedish brand Konsthantverk who, like Onecollection, takes pride in good materials, craftsmanship and the Nordic design traditions.

Visitors at the fair could experience a dynamic and well designed office environment with Henrik Tengler’s Time Chairs and the exclusive work desk Ezone. The Time Chairs were shown in two versions – one with fixed height and one with wheels, tilt and adjustable height.

Henrik Tengler-Time Chair
The Poet wrapped in soft leather

Throughout 2016 we celebrate the Poet Sofa’s 75th anniversary. At northmodern we praised this by showing the iconic sofa in a rarely seen version – fully upholstered in the softest leather. This model is now available in four colours: Light and Dark Cognac, Coffee Brown and Black.

Read the story behind the jubilee here

Finn Juhl Poet Sofa in leather with Pelican table 4 (1)

Our newest re-launch in refreshing colours

Our 2016-relaunch, The France Chair that we presented in Milan in April, could be experienced in a classic, Nordic version with Fiord textiles – A perfect match for cold winter days and warm evenings by the fireplace.

Onecollection’s selected Autumn/Winter colours can be used for all of Finn Juhl’s upholstered furniture.

Read the full story behind the relaunch here

Download selected autumn pictures as well as text files here


Efteråret lurer – Vi klædte Finn Juhl på til northmodern

Ordet sæson forbeholdes ofte modebranchen og ikke klassiske danske designmøbler,der som bekendt sjældent associeres med skiftende sæsoner. Dét betyder dog ikke, at en tematisering omkring en bestemt årstid ikke er et frisk pust – også selvom sofaen i lysebrunt læder og stolen med isblåt stof samtidig vil komme til at bestå i generationer.

Da Onecollection deltog på northmodern i Bella Center i august var det derfor med udvalgte efterårs- og vinterfarver fra Kvadrats nye Fiord serie i uld samt lækkert blødt læder, der satte rammen for en stand, hvor der blev skabt balance mellem Finn Juhls klassikere og Henrik Tenglers moderne designs.

Finn Juhl Poet Sofa and France Chair 
Onecollections office lounge

Uanset om kontoret integreres i hjemmet eller der skal integreres et hjemligt element på kontoret, så skabes der et særligt rum, når man formår at få bløde, organiske designs til at komplementere eksklusive drejestole og moderne hæve-sænkeborde. Standen var vores bud på en æstetisk og funktionel office lounge!

Møblerne blev oplyst af lamper fra svenske Konsthantverk, der ligesom Onecollection sætter en ære i de gode materialer, håndværket og de nordiske designtraditioner.

De besøgende på messen kunne sætte sig til rette i Henrik Tenglers Time stol ved det eksklusive Ezone arbejdsbord i midten af rummet og mærke følelsen af at arbejde i et dynamisk og veldesignet kontormiljø. Time stolene blev desuden vist i to versioner. En udgave i fast højde med sving og en udgave med hjul, vip og højdejustering.

Henrik Tengler-Time Chair
Poeten svøbt i blødt læder

Hele 2016 fejrer Finn Juhls ikoniske Poet sofa 75 års jubilæum. Det fejrede vi på northmodern ved at vise den ikoniske sofa på en måde, som den sjældent er set før – fuldpolstret i det lækreste, bløde læder i farverne lys- og mørk cognac, kaffebrun og sort.

Læs historien bag jubilaren her

Finn Juhl Poet Sofa in leather with Pelican table 4 (1)

Oplev årets nyhed France stolen i kølige og forfriskende versioner

Onecollections 2016-relancering fra Finn Juhl er France stolen, der blev vist i Milano i april. På northmodern kunne stolen opleves i en klassisk, nordisk version i lyst egetræ med Fiord stof fra Kvadrat, der passer perfekt til kolde vinterdage og varme stuer. Onecollections udvalgte efterårs- og vinterfarver er afstemte og kan således med fordel kombineres og anvendes på alle Finn Juhls polstrede møbler.

Læs hele historien bag relanceringen her

Download udvalgte efterårsbilleder samt tekstfiler her


Article 1

Onecollection re-launches Finn Juhl’s France chair dressed in high fashion

When Salone Del Mobile opens its doors in Milan on April 12, you will be able to experience a re-launched version of one of Finn Juhl’s groundbreaking chairs at Onecollection’s stand. The France chair was designed in 1956 for France & Søn – the furniture pioneer, who industrialised Danish furniture manufacturing during the 1950’s and got Denmark solidly planted on the world map as a design nation.

Read more about how Mr. France pioneered Danish Modern here.

1. Onecollection relancerer Finn Juhls France stol i ny beklaedning i Milano

Simplicity, comfort and sophistication come together beautifully in this elegant armchair. Finn Juhl’s design is easily identifiable by its organically shaped and softly swung armrests and the characteristic separation between the carried and the carrying elements. The frame discreetly lifts the upholstered seat and back in a way that is almost floating.

The France chair was originally designed for industrial production with extremely high demands on quality – a groundbreaking idea at the time. The manufacturer C. W. F. France identified and started partnerships with some of the most promising Danish furniture designers – most prominently Finn Juhl – and together they developed furniture for an industrial production that could be sold flat-packed. Contrary to some of Finn Juhl’s other iconic designs, the France chair therefor fits well into a modern reality and the re-launched chair is manufactured in Denmark just like the original model – though today it is delivered fully assembled.

Today, the France chair represents an important link in the international narrative about Danish design, where traditional craftsmanship and industrial production merged into original design of exceptional quality.

2. Onecollection relancerer Finn Juhls France stol i ny beklaedning i Milano1
Selected Finn Juhl models in new innovative fabrics

At Onecollection’s stand in Milan at Salone del Mobile, the France chair and a selection of other Finn Juhl design icons can be experienced with new innovative fabrics from the exclusive Kvadrat / Raf Simons collection. The fabrics for the exhibited designs have also been handpicked by Raf Simons in collaboration with Onecollection.

Onecollection wishes to invite modern connoisseurs inside the world of art-inspired originality and relaxed elegance that is Finn Juhl’s universe.

Facts about the France Chair

Design: Finn Juhl
Year: 1956, re-launched 2016
Frame: Beech, black stained beech, oak, black stained oak
Upholstery: Leather or fabric

Article 2

When Mr. France pioneered Danish Modern

He had a choleric temperament and a penchant for luxury. Mr France was an extraordinary English entrepreneur, who came to have essential influence on Danish furniture design’s international breakthrough in the 1950’s. Now his son, James France, tells the amazing story about the iconic furniture manufacturer France & Søn in a new book published in English on April 12. The book can be viewed at the Onecollection stand in Milan.

Thousands of Danish-designed chairs from the 50’s and 60’s carry a small circular metal badge with the initials FD – France & Daverkosen or France & Søn. These chairs are traded at auctions at rising sums and shown in films and television series from James Bond to Mad Men. But they also carry witness of a man and his company, which played a groundbreaking role in one of the most exciting stories in Danish furniture history.

C.W.F. France was an English entrepreneur who created an extraordinarily successful furniture business in Hillerød, north of the Danish capital. He revolutionised furniture manufacturing with a unique concept: industrial production of modern Danish furniture of exceptional quality, but contrary to any other furniture at the time in their bulky boxes, he introduced flat-packed designs. The flat boxes could be shipped easily and assembled by the recipient. This combination of flat-pack and quality design laid the cornerstone for an unprecedented export success. At its peak, France & Søn had a 60% market share of the total Danish furniture export, more than 350 employees and was associated with some of the period’s most talented furniture designers. One of them was Finn Juhl.

4. Da Mister France kickstartede Danish Modern
The American break-through

The furniture was very popular, particularly in England, Germany and not at least in the USA where Finn Juhl’s status as the father of Danish Modern originates from. Juhl’s partnership with France consequently had a huge impact on his international breakthrough.

One of the most iconic chairs Juhl designed for France during this period was the elegant chair FJ 136 – today named the France Chair. With its soft and elegantly swung shapes it has inspired a countless number of other designers – both then and now.

5. Det amerikanske gennembrud


From prisoner of war to industrial pioneer

Originally, C.W.F. France came to Denmark to help his Danish friend Daverkosen run his mattress company LAMA during his sick leave. Unfortunately Daverkosen died soon after and France took over the company. When the Germans occupied Denmark during WWII France was taken as a prisoner because of his English citizenship. During his five years of captivity he developed his idea about developing lightweight wooden furniture that could be manufactured at an industrial scale and sold flat-packed – “knock down”. At the same time France figured he could utilise synergies from the mattress company to produce cushions and upholstery for the chairs and sofas. The ideas were subsequently realised after the war and the business grew steadily.

This is a unique life story about Mr. France and his business France & Søn, which broke away from the established Danish tradition of handcrafted furniture and industrialised the furniture business. France was excluded from the Danish establishment but sought his success in new markets with unprecedented success. Ironically, it was this outsider in Denmark who brought the new design trend Danish Modern to Germany, Britain and particularly the USA, where this particular style to this day has a huge following.

Read the entire story about France and his business in the new book ”France & Søn – British Pioneer of Danish Furniture” by James France from the publisher Vita: forlagetvita.dk/shop/

3. Fremstilles i Danmark som oprindeligt
More information:

Facts about the France Chair: www.finnjuhl.com/products/france-chair/

Artikel 1

Onecollection i Milano

Onecollection relancerer Finn Juhls France stol i ny beklædning i Milano

Når Salone del Mobile åbner i Milano den 12. april, vil du på Onecollections stand kunne opleve en relanceret udgave af et af Finn Juhls banebrydende møbler. France stolen blev designet i 1956 for France & Søn – virksomheden, der i 1950’erne industrialiserede dansk møbelproduktion og fik Danmark på verdenskortet som designnation.

Læs mere om hvordan britiske mister France kickstartede Danish Modern her.

1. Onecollection relancerer Finn Juhls France stol i ny beklaedning i Milano

France stolen blev, som noget helt afgørende for sin tid, oprindelig designet til industriel produktion, hvor kvalitetsniveauet var ekstremt højt. Producenten C. W. F. France samarbejdede med nogle af de mest lovende danske designere, herunder Finn Juhl, og sammen skabte de møbler, der kunne produceres industrielt og leveres som samlesæt. I modsætning til nogle af Finn Juhls andre ikoniske møbler, passer stolen derfor ind i en moderne produktion, og den relancerede stol produceres, ligesom oprindeligt, i Danmark. Stolen leveres dog i dag samlet.

I dag repræsenterer France stolen en afgørende del af den store internationale fortælling om dansk design, hvor det traditionelle håndværk og den industrielle fremstilling er forenet af originalt design i højeste kvalitet.

2. Onecollection relancerer Finn Juhls France stol i ny beklaedning i Milano1


Udvalgte Finn Juhl-modeller i nye innovative tekstiler

I forbindelse med standen i Milano på Salone del Mobile, kan France stolen og de kendte Finn Juhl-ikoner – som noget helt unikt – opleves i versioner med nye innovative tekstiler fra den eksklusive Kvadrat / Raf Simons kollektion. Tekstilerne til de udstillede møbler er desuden udvalgt af Raf Simons i samarbejde med Onecollection.

Onecollection ønsker med årets udstilling at invitere den moderne livsnyder indenfor i den verden af kunstinspireret originalitet og afslappet elegance, som er kernen i Finn Juhls univers.

Fakta om France stolen

Design: Finn Juhl
År: 1956, relanceret i 2016
Stel: Bøg, sortmalet bøg, eg, sortmalet eg
Polstring: Læder eller tekstil

Artikel 2

Da britiske mister France kickstartede Danish Modern

Kolerisk af temperament og med hang til luksus. Mister France var en bemærkelsesværdig engelsk forretningsmand, der banede vejen for det internationale gennembrud for moderne dansk design. Det har hans søn, James France, netop skrevet en bog om. Bogen udkommer på engelsk d. 12  april og kan ses på Onecollections stand i Milano.

Tusindvis af dansk designede møbler fra 50’erne og 60’erne, bærer et lille rundt mærke med betegnelsen FD – France & Daverkosen eller France & Søn. De handles på auktioner til stigende priser verden over og indgår sågar i film og TV-serier, fra James Bond til Mad Men. Men de vidner også om en mand og hans virksomhed, der fik afgørende betydning for den vigtigste periode i dansk designhistorie.

Mister C.W.F. France var en entreprenant englænder, som skabte en særdeles succesfuld møbelvirksomhed i Hillerød, nord for København. Han industrialiserede møbelfabrikationen med et unikt koncept – produktion af moderne danske kvalitetsmøbler, som – i modsætning til de øvrige møbler på den tid – kunne pakkes i flade kasser og derefter sendes og samles hos modtageren. Med kombinationen af kvalitetsdesign og ”knock-down”-pakningen skabte France grundlaget for en hidtil uset eksportsucces, der betød at virksomheden France & Søn på et tidspunkt tegnede sig for hele 60% af den samlede danske møbeleksport. Da virksomheden var på sit højeste, beskæftigede den over 350 medarbejdere i Hillerød – og havde nogle af tidens dygtigste møbelarkitekter tilknyttet. Heriblandt Finn Juhl.

4. Da Mister France kickstartede Danish Modern
Det amerikanske gennembrud

Møblerne fra France & Søn blev særdeles populære i særligt England, Tyskland og ikke mindst USA, hvorfra Finn Juhls status som fader til begrebet Danish Modern stammer fra. Samarbejdet med Mister France i Hillerød fik således stor betydning for Finn Juhls internationale gennembrud.

Et af de mest ikoniske møbler, som Finn Juhl tegnede for France i perioden, var den elegante lænestol FJ 136 – i dag kaldet France stolen. Med sine bløde, svungne former har den inspireret utallige andre designere – både dengang og senere.

5. Det amerikanske gennembrud


Mister France – fra krigsfangenskab til international succes

C.W.F. France kom oprindeligt til Danmark for at hjælpe sin danske ven Erik Daverkosen med at drive  madrasfabrikken LAMA i Ørholm. Daverkosen døde kort efter og France drev virksomheden videre. Imidlertid blev han som englænder interneret af tyskerne under 2. verdenskrig, men i fangenskabet udviklede France idéen om at skabe lette træmøbler, der kunne produceres industrielt og sendes ”knock down”. France kunne samtidig udnytte madrasproduktionen til at fremstille hynder til stole og sofaer. Da France vendte tilbage til Danmark omsatte han ideerne til praksis og op gennem 50’erne voksede forretningen støt.

Fortællingen om Mister France og hans virksomhed France & Søn, der brød med den etablerede danske snedkertradition og industrialiserede møbelbranchen, er en unik livshistorie. France blev udelukket fra det pæne møbelselskab i den danske andedam, men med sin internationale baggrund opsøgte han nye markeder og fik succes. Med C.W.F. France skabte danske møbler nye trends i Tyskland, England og ikke mindst i USA hvor  begrebet Danish Modern siden har sat spor helt op til i dag, hvor stilen med de lette møbeltyper i træ, har fået en kraftig renæssance.

Læs bogen: ”France & Søn – British Pioneer of Danish Furniture” by James France, Forlaget VITA: forlagetvita.dk/shop/

3. Fremstilles i Danmark som oprindeligt
Flere informationer:

Fakta om France stolen: www.finnjuhl.com/products/france-chair/

Artikel I

Hvordan Poeten fik sit navn

Da Snedkerlaugets Udstilling i 1941 åbnede på Kunstindustrimuseet, stod der en lille topersoners sofa på Snedkermester Niels Vodders stand. Den var tegnet af Finn Juhl, som kaldte den NV41.

På dette tidspunkt boede Finn Juhl med sin hustru i en lille lejlighed i Ordrup nord for København. Sofaens dimensioner passede netop til de små rum i dette hjem. Året efter stod Finn Juhls eget hus færdigt på Kratvænget i Ordrupgaard – og her havde han tiltænkt pladsen ved pejsen til den lille sofa, som senere skulle blive kendt som Poeten.

Den lille sofas slanke polstring og skulpturelle form med indskæringer, så den passer til menneskekroppen, var banebrydende, nytænkende og moderne i sin samtid. Poeten er en videreudvikling af Pelikan-stolen og andre af Finn Juhls overpolstrede møbler i et organisk formsprog. Den kraftige inspiration fra de frie og humane kunstretninger er tydelig i Finn Juhls tidlige modeller fra sidst i 30’erne og først i 40’erne. Og Finn Juhls passionerede interesse for den frie moderne kunst fornægter sig da heller ikke i sofaens design.

Hvordan Poeten fik sit navn


Men hvorfor navnet Poeten?

Navnet Poeten stammer fra en dansk tegneserie, som blev meget populær op gennem 1950’erne. Tegneren Jørgen Mogensen var en god ven af den berømte danske digter Frank Jæger og hans hustru Kirsten Vodder. De boede i en stråtækt idyl i det dengang landlige Farum nord for København, indtil de flyttede til Langeland i 1954.

Kirsten Vodder var datter af snedkermester Niels Vodder, som udførte Finn Juhls møbler gennem mere end 25 år. Kirsten havde en udgave af den lille sofa hos sig i digterhjemmet, hvor vennen Jørgen Mogensen ofte kom på besøg.

Frank Jæger og Kirsten Vodders familieliv inspirerede Jørgen Mogensen til tegneseriestriben ”Poeten og Lillemor”, som blev udgivet som stribe i Politiken fra 1950. Serien blev vældig populær og i 1959 blev den filmatiseret af Erik Balling for Nordisk Film med Henning Moritzen og Helle Virkner i hovedrollerne.

Kirstens lille sofa optræder i en stiliseret version i tegneserien – hvor man ofte ser hovedpersonerne sidde eller ligge i den. At den ikoniske lille overpolstrede Finn Juhl-sofa fik navnet Poeten skyldes derfor ganske enkelt, at den blev associeret med Poeten og Lillemors. Og det er ganske vist…

Hvordan Poeten fik sit navn-2


Article I

How the Poet got its name

When the annual Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition opened its doors in 1941, a small two-seater sofa was presented at cabinetmaker Niels Vodder’s stand. It was designed by Finn Juhl, who called it simply “NV41”.

At this time, Finn Juhl lived with his wife in a small flat north of Copenhagen, and the sofa was a perfect fit for the small rooms of his home. The following year, Juhl moved in to his new villa. Here, the spot next to the fireplace was reserved for this small sofa, which was later known as the Poet.

The little sofa’s slim upholstery and sculptural shape, with lines that fit the human body, was pioneering and extremely modern in its day. The Poet was a further development of the Pelican chair and other designs using an organic idiom. The strong influence from modern art and its non-conformist and humane ideas are very visible in Juhl’s models from the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. The Poet is one of his best examples of this crossover between art and architecture.

Hvordan Poeten fik sit navn
But where did the Poet name come from?

The name Poet Sofa came from a Danish cartoon, which was very popular throughout the 1950’s. The illustrator Jørgen Mogensen was a good friend of the well-known Danish poet Frank Jæger and his wife Kirsten Vodder, who lived in a small idyllic house north of Copenhagen.

Kirsten Vodder was the daughter of cabinetmaker Niels Vodder, who was Finn Juhl’s close collaborator during more than 25 years. Kirsten and Frank had one of the small NV41 sofas in their home, where they often received a visit from their friend Jørgen Mogensen.

Frank Jæger and Kirsten Vodder’s everyday life inspired Jørgen Mogensen to draw the cartoon “The Poet and his Wife” where the poet is often seen philosophising while reclining on the sofa. The cartoon was serialised in the Politiken daily newspaper and was later developed into an extremely popular film in Danish cinemas in 1959.

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Artikel II

Den sanselige poet

Poeten er, ligesom Pelikan-stolen, et af Finn Juhls tidlige møbler. Den er tegnet i perioden fra sidst i 30’erne til først i 40’erne, hvor Finn Juhl var kraftigt inspireret af den moderne frie kunst med organiske skulpturelle former.
Men hvorfor blev det lige Poeten, der – sammen med Pelikan-stolen – blev nogle af de første Finn Juhl-møbler, som Onecollection valgte at relancere?

Samspil Sigurjóns Ólafssonar og Finn Juhl


Krav om højeste kvalitet

”Der var ingen tvivl, vi måtte bare relancere Poeten som et af de første møbler, fortæller direktør Henrik Sørensen fra Onecollection:

”For det første var vi sikre på, at vi ville kunne producere Poeten i den særdeles høje håndværksmæssige kvalitet, som kræves. Vores polstrere var – og er – umådeligt dygtige, så her var vi ikke i tvivl om, at de ville kunne levere den rette kvalitet”.

Den højeste kvalitet-2


Den provokerende Finn Juhl

”Men den anden grund, til at relancere Poeten og Pelikanen, var faktisk, at vi havde lyst til at vise en særlig side af Finn Juhl, som måske var blevet glemt”, forsætter Henrik Sørensen og uddyber:

”Både Poeten, og især Pelikanen, var i deres samtid meget moderne og voldsomt provokerende – særligt i forhold til den etablerede designelite anført af Kaare Klint og hans elever, som rendyrkede formerne og fjernede det overflødige, men stadigt byggede videre på et traditionelt formsprog”.

Med inspiration i den frie kunst, etablerede Finn Juhl nemlig et helt nyt kunstnerisk formsprog. Han var hverken snedker eller møbelarkitekt, så han følte sig ikke låst af det konforme, men i stedet følte han sig fri til at udforme møbler, som passede til den frigjorte menneskelige krop.

Den provokerende Finn Juhl


Poeten går i arv

Det er et yderst originalt design, som den dag i dag stadig fremstår indbydende, bevægende friskt og unikt og som inspirerer en ny generation af møbeldesignere. Set i sammenligning med de stramme sofaer, store flydere og hvad der ellers var på markedet omkring årtusindskiftet, var det en helt anderledes legende oplevelse for sanserne, vi relancerede”, fortæller Henrik Sørensen, og tilføjer med lune:

”Poeten er – ud over den utrolig høje kvalitet – også stærkt forbundet med værdier som sanselighed, livsglæde, humor – og hygge”. Det er det, som gør Finn Juhl enestående og grunden til at kærligheden til hans møbler kun bliver større med årene. Man kunne aldrig drømme om at skaffe sig af med en Poet sofa – den går i arv”

Poeten går i arv red


Ramte en modstrømning

I modsætning til Pelikanen har Poeten været fremstillet af forskellige polstermestre gennem tiden og havde et folkeligt gennembrud i 50’erne, hvor den fik sit navn, Poeten. Siden har den dog været gemt bort og næsten glemt. Samtidig med relanceringen i 2001 var en retro-trend undervejs og siden er der kommet en stærkt stigende interesse for moderne designklassikere fra midten af 1900-tallet (mid-century):

”Vi var på det tidspunkt ikke klar over, at vi med relanceringen af Finn Juhl havde ramt noget, som der – ud over vores egne interesser – også kunne være lidt modstrømning i. Vi gjorde det mest, fordi det var super interessant for os. Vi ville gerne præsentere noget unikt design, som kunne rykke lidt”, siger Henrik Sørensen og tilføjer:

”Vi interesserer os jo også for kunst. Og netop det organiske og kunstneriske formsprog – det er en enormt spændende og relevant side af Finn Juhl, som hele verden interesserer sig for – og det er en god historie”, slutter Henrik Sørensen.

Ramte en modstrømning


Fik stor opmærksomhed

Den relancerede Poet-sofa blev vist sammen med Pelikanen for første gang på IMM i Köln i 2001. Her oplevede udstillerne fra Onecollection en både uvant og særdeles overvældende interesse – både fra publikum og pressen.

Ønsket om at ville vise et design fra Finn Juhl, der kunne ”rykke lidt”, blev således opfyldt til fulde.


Glæde og inspiration

Poeten, der oprindelig var designet til at indgå i et moderne hjem med forholdsvis små rum, har nogle dimensioner, som gør det let at placere den også i nutidens boliger. Det er en lille sofa, der med sit venlige og livsglade design kan passe ind i mange forskellige miljøer – også hos virksomheder og kulturinstitutioner. Ikke mindst, hvor der er fokus på kommunikation og oplevelse.

Her i 2016, hvor Poeten fylder 75 år, er den lille sofa – i lighed med Pelikan-stolen – blevet et elsket ikon. Udover at opfylde sin umiddelbare funktion som komfortabelt siddemøbel spreder den umiddelbar glæde og inspiration verden over, hvor den end optræder – i såvel offentlige rum som private hjem.

Glæde og inspiration


Se Poeten og hele den aktuelle Finn Juhl-kollektion her











Article II

The Sensual Poet

The Poet sofa is, just like the Pelican, one of Finn Juhl’s early designs. It is from the period between the late 30’s and the early 40’s, when Juhl was deeply inspired by modern art and its organic, sculptural shapes.
But why was it the Poet, together with the Pelican, Onecollection chose as their first Finn Juhl re-launches?

Samspil Sigurjóns Ólafssonar og Finn Juhl


Demand of high quality

”There was no doubt that we simply had to re-launch the Poet as one of our first Finn Juhl re-launches,” director Henrik Sørensen, Onecollection tells:
“First of all, we were sure that we would be able to manufacture the Poet in the exceptional high quality that it calls for. Our upholsterers were – and are – extremely skilled, so we were in no doubt that we could deliver the right quality”.

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Finn Juhl the provocateur

”But the other reason for re-launching the Poet and the Pelican were actually, that we wanted to show a particular side to Finn Juhl, which we felt perhaps had been forgotten,” says Henrik Sørensen. He explains:
”Both the Poet – and particularly the Pelican – were very modern when they were first introduced and were therefore very provocative compared to the established design elite represented by Kaare Klint and his followers, who were more dogmatic in their views on pure functionalism. Their method was to reinvent traditional styles in paired-down shapes.

Offset by the free art form, Juhl established a completely new artistic design idiom. He was neither cabinetmaker nor furniture architect, so he was not restricted by conformity. Instead, he felt free to shape his furniture to fit a free human body.

Den provokerende Finn Juhl


Passed down through generations

Today, the Poet presents itself as an inviting, fresh and unique sofa, which is able to inspire a new, young generation of furniture designers. Compared to the streamlined sofas, the large lounge couches, and whatever else was on the market at the turn of the millennium, this sofa represented a playful experience for the senses, which was completely different, says Henrik Sørensen and adds:

”Apart from its incredibly high quality, the Poet is closely linked with values such as humour, sensuality, joie de vivre and plain cosiness. This is what make Finn Juhl’s designs so unique and the reason why the love for his furniture will only increase over the years. Nobody would dream of getting rid of a Poet sofa. It is the kind of thing that will be passed down through generations”.

Poeten går i arv red


Hit a trend

Contrary to the Pelican, the Poet was produced by different upholsterers over the years and had a popular breakthrough in the 1950’s when it got its name, the Poet. Since then, it was largely forgotten. At the same time as the Poet was re-launched in 2001, a global retro-trend was unfolding which sparked increasing interest in mid-century classics.

“At the time, we were not aware that we had tapped into the very beginnings of a trend, we mainly did it because we personally found it super interesting. We wanted to present unique designs which were able to push the envelope a bit,” says Henrik Sørensen before he adds:
”We are also interested in art. And particularly this organic and artistic design idiom was fascinating,” says Henrik Sørensen.

Ramte en modstrømning


Attracted attention

The re-launched Poet sofa was introduced at the IMM in Cologne in 2001. Here, the exhibitors from Onecollection were met by unexpected and unusual attention – both from the public and the design media.
The desire to present a design from Finn Juhl which was able to “push envelopes” was fully achieved.
Pleasure and inspiration

The dimensions of the Poet, which was originally designed for modern homes with relatively small rooms, makes it easy to fit in today’s homes. It is a small sofa with a “kind” and “happy” design, which fits into many different styles and environments – corporate as well as private and cultural institutions. Not least in places with a focus on communication and experiences.

In 2016, when the Poet turns 75, this small sofa has become a much-loved icon. Apart from filling its immediate function as a comfortable piece of furniture, it also spreads happiness and inspiration all over the world, wherever it appears, publicly as well as privately.

Glæde og inspiration


See also the Poet and the entire Finn Juhl collection here