The Modern Art Dining Chair

In 1948, Museum of Modern Art hosted a design competition for chairs that should be ready for industrial production and retailed at low prices. This was not exactly Finn Juhl’s area of expertise as he had become famous for his incredibly elegant and detailed handcrafted furniture. However, Finn Juhl decided to submit his entry.

The result was a beautiful and sculptural armchair in plastic, on which the soft, organic body is seemingly levitating on a base of painted metal legs with wooden toes.

Unfortunately, Finn Juhl did not win the competition – The winner was Charles and Ray Eames’ famous plastic chair, that has since been produced by the millions.


The chair has never before been produced, but when it comes to Finn Juhl, better late than never. For comparison, Finn Juhl’s iconic Pelican Chair was tucked away for 61 years before it saw the light of day and today it is perceived as one of the most iconic Finn Juhl designs.

We have named it The Modern Art Chair, as a tribute to Edgar Kaufmann Jr. and MoMA, but also because Finn Juhl was inspired exactly by the free modern art. The chair is cast in plastic and is supported by painted metal legs and comes with a reversible, upholstered seat cushion – exactly as originally designed. The chair is well suited for indoor and outdoor use alike.

House of Finn Juhl is honored to carry on Finn Juhl’s legacy and execute the relaunch of The Modern Art Chair.

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Plastic with painted metal legs and wooden feet.
Reversible, upholstered seat cushion in fabric or leather.



Size: W 70.5cm x D 59.5cm x H 77cm
Seat height: 46cm

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Finn Juhl

DENMARK (1912-1989)

Danish architect Finn Juhl (1912–1989) is regarded as one of the greatest furniture designers of the 20th century. He was a pioneer figure within Danish furniture design and the Danish Modern movement. Being commissioned to furnish one of the larger delegates rooms at the UN building in New York, and being represented at the Museum of Modern Art, made him well known outside of Denmark early on. His many contacts led to collaboration with the American furniture industry making his furniture among the first to make Danish Modern an international phenomenon. Today, Finn Juhl’s furniture are seen in private and public places, as well as museums, around the world.

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