Spectacular 1960s Danish Modern teak tripod triangular coffee table designed by Aakjaer Jorgensen for Mobelintarsia, Denmark Ca early 1960s. Features a triangular “guitar pick” shaped top in beautifully grained teak with carved lip edges reminiscent of the designs of Greta Jalk and Finn Juhl, the sculpted edges are open at the corners. The table stands on three round tapered teak legs. Makers label on underside (Mobelintarsia). Finely crafted, sturdy in excellent condition with no wobble to the legs. A wonderful addition to any mid-century modern décor.
Condition Report: Original finish, exhibit little signs of wear, overall gorgeous surface condition. Construction is strong and sturdy.
Makers Label: Made in Denmark, Mobelintarsia
Creator: Designed by Aakjaer Jorgensen
Of the Period: Mid-Century Modern
Place of Origin: Denmark
Date of Manufacture: 1960s
Materials and Techniques: Teak
Wear: Wear consistent with age and use
Measurements: 18.75″ tall x 47.5″ wide x 34″ deep
About Finn Juhl (Designer)
Along with Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen and Børge Mogensen, Finn Juhl was one of the great masters of mid-20th-century Danish design. Juhl was the first among that group to have his work promoted overseas, bringing the character of the nation’s furnishings — and the inherent principles of grace, craftsmanship and utility on which they were based — to an international audience. A stylistic maverick, Juhl embraced expressive, free-flowing shapes in chair and sofa designs much earlier than his colleagues, yet even his quietest pieces incorporate supple, curving forms that are at once elegant and ergonomic.
As a young man, Juhl hoped to become an art historian, but his father steered him into a more practical course of study in architecture. He began designing furniture in the late 1930s, a discipline in which, despite his education, Juhl was self-taught, and quite proud of the fact. His earliest works, designed in the late 1930s, are perhaps his most idiosyncratic. The influence of contemporary art is clear in Juhl’s 1939 “Pelican” chair: an almost Surrealist take on the classic wing chair. Critics reviled the piece, however; one said it looked like a “tired walrus.” Juhl had tempered his creativity by 1945, when the Danish furniture-making firm Niels Vodder began to issue his designs. Yet his now-classic “NV 45” armchair still demonstrates panache, with a seat that floats above the chair’s teak frame.
Juhl first exhibited his work in the United States in 1950, championed by Edgar Kaufmann Jr., an influential design critic and scion of America’s most prominent family of modern architecture and design patrons. (Kaufmann’s father commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright’s design of the house “Fallingwater.”) Juhl quickly won a following for such signature designs as the supremely comfortable “Chieftan” lounge chair, the biomorphic “Baker” sofa, and the “Judas” table, a piece ornamented with stylish inlaid silver plaquettes. As you will see from the offerings on these pages, Finn Juhl’s furniture — as well as his lighting, ceramics, tableware and accessories — has an air of relaxed sophistication and elegance that is unique in the realm of mid-20th- century design.