Reading Chair
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Finn Juhl designed the Reading Chair as both a dining room chair and as a reading chair. It is designed to be equally comfortable whether you choose to sit facing the front or the back. This might sound both odd and complicated, but thanks to Finn Juhl’s genius, the result was a simple, unpretentious, yet thoroughly well-designed and visually pleasing chair. The Reading Chair is manufactured in oak with a backrest and top piece in walnut. The chair is also available in a fully black painted variant. The seat is upholstered with either fabric or leather. The Reading chair is now also available with a veneered walnut seat.

MATERIALS
Frame: Oak/walnut, black painted. Veneered seat: Walnut.Upholstered seat: Fabric, leather

COLORS
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DIMENSIONS
W52cm x D58cm x H74 cm, SH45 cm

Designer
Initially, Finn Juhl wanted to become an art historian. Since his early years, he had been interested in fine arts. However, his father wouldn't allow a career in the arts. Instead Finn Juhl enrolled at the Department of architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen. Finn Juhl began his studies in the 1930s, which was an important period in furniture design, when modern design started to emerge. While he was still a student, Finn Juhl started working with the prominent Danish architect Vilhelm Lauritzen in 1934. At his studio, he worked on major projects such as the Danish Broadcasting House and Copenhagen Airport. Finn Juhl was kept so busy, that he never finished his studies. At the time when he had made himself a name as a furniture designer, he would always speak of himself as being a selftaught.One of the international highlights of Juhl’s career was designing the complete interior of the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the UN headquarters in New York between 1951 and 52.
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