Warm and inviting, the Pelican Armchair’s organic shape and fluid lines create an exceptionally comfortable place to sit and relax. The chair’s gently curved back and armrests wrap round the body, offering cosiness as well as a fun and distinctive aesthetic. Made to the high standards you’d expect from fine Danish design, the chair features hand-sewn cashmere upholstery in a choice of purple, black or dark grey. The cleverly angled legs provide the perfect recline and are crafted from solid Chinese alder wood.
The Pelican or Pelikan Armchair was designed in 1940 and inspired by Finn Juhl’s interest in contemporary sculpture and art. The chair embodies Finn Juhl’s belief that “a chair is not just a product of decorative art in a space; it is a form and a space in itself.” At the same time, Finn Juhl maintained that “furniture is furniture, not sculpture.” His Pelican Armchair strikes the perfect balance between art and function, and the original can be viewed at the Ordrupgaard museum in Denmark.
Finn Juhl was the first Danish furniture designer to receive international recognition. He studied architecture with a Danish architect, Vilhelm Lauritzen and graduated from the Royal Academy in Copenhagen. As a furniture designer he was self-taught, something that he always emphasized. Juhl designed his first piece of furniture in the late 1930s. Mainly pieces for himself but after setting up his own office in 1945 he soon became known for creating unusual, expressive and sculptural pieces of furniture. He had a collaboration with master cabinet maker Niels Vodder and managed to cause a stir with designs obviously inspired by modern, abstract art. Compared to his contemporaries, Juhl put more energy into the form and less on function, which presented a break in traditional design.
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