Rare coffee table by Finn Juhl sold at auction for …


The mood in the auction room reached new heights when an incredibly rare 1949 Finn Juhl coffee table came under the hammer.

After an intense bidding war, the folding table of teak, Oregon pine and brass achieved a hammer blow of DKK 370,000 and thus became the highest hammer blow of the evening.

Fortunately, the sculptural coffee table was acquired by the Design Museum Denmark in Copenhagen – congratulations!

It is a nice hammer blow to a fantastic piece of furniture. I am pleased to see that a small piece of design history like this, after 71 years, returns” home “to the Design Museum, where visitors can enjoy it in the future.

Peter Kjelgaard, head of the department of modern design at Bruun Rasmussen

The table is reportedly only produced in this one copy by the legendary carpenter master Niels Vodder – so it is truly a museum piece with a central place in Danish design history.

The year 1949, when the table was presented at Niels Vodder’s booth at Carpentry Guild’s Furniture Exhibition, stands as the climax of Finn Juhl’s creativity.

At the exhibition, several of Juhl’s most sought after furniture designs were launched – among other things. “The Chieftains Chair” and “The Egyptian Chair”.

The exhibition marks the start of Danish furniture art’s international breakthrough, as a number of the most iconic classics and collaborations between leading architects and furniture carpenters were presented to the public.

For a design enthusiast, seeing Niels Vodder’s stand in 1949 is equivalent to hearing Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock twenty years later for a music lover,

Peter Kjelgaard

The coffee table was one of the stand’s far less well-known furniture but expressed Juhl’s thoughts entirely on letting the imagination and joy prevail in terms of shapes, lines and materials.

The table was purchased in 1949 at the exhibition of the owner of one of Denmark’s then leading lamp manufacturers, LYFA, and has been in the family’s ownership ever since.