Pelican Chair

Pelican Chair - House of Finn Juhl

About The Product

Out of all Finn Juhl’s designs, the Pelican Chair was probably the one furthest ahead of its time. When it was presented at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition in 1940, it stood out with its unusual shape and sturdy legs.

Finn Juhl normally named his furniture numbers after the year in which they were designed, but over time the nickname “Pelican” stuck to the chair. Very few were manufactured and the chair was almost forgotten until House of Finn Juhl rediscovered and relaunched the chair in 2001.

Pelican Chair - House of Finn Juhl

About The Designer

Like other modernist pioneers, Danish designer Finn Juhl started from scratch without role models or inherited restrictions.

He designed by measuring his own body and analysing how the individual components of the chair should carry the human body. But contrary to his modernist contemporaries, with their streamlined, scaffolding-like structures, Juhl aimed at a more organic, natural form.

Pelican Chair - House of Finn Juhl

About the Manufacturer

Since 2001, House of Finn Juhl owns the exclusive rights to manufacture and relaunch Finn Juhl’s sculptural and iconic furniture.

Today the unique Finn Juhl collection consists of more than 40 classic masterpieces, all of which they manufacture with the utmost respect for the original heritage and strict demands for quality.

Pelican Chair - House of Finn Juhl

Why We Like It

Danish master Finn Juhl left a deep mark in the furniture industry: his designs are so iconic, and so copied, for a reason. Juhl was a furniture designer who deeply valued the craft process and approached it as a sculptor would.

Form follows function fully applies to the Pelican Chair. Its soft body almost entirely surrounds you – almost as a hug – offering a truly comfortable seating experience.