I've always been fascinated by the homes of the designers who created the furniture that we love, and one of the most fascinating is the home of Danish designer Finn Juhl. Although his designs aren't nearly as well-known as those of Charles and Ray Eames, his home is even more widely publicized, perhaps owing to its timeless minimalism, and to the lovely, intentional way he set pieces into the space, letting his furniture, and the way it was grouped together, inform the shape of the house itself.
Trained as an architect, Juhl nevertheless designed very few buildings: his real passion was furniture design. He designed his own home from the inside out, letting the furniture inform the interiors, and only designing the exterior after his idea of the interiors was firmly in place. The finished home feels deliberate and tidy, with each grouping of furniture fitting neatly into its particular place.
This is a home that has been photographed many times, and in a way it almost seems designed for photographs, with views neatly framed by doors, and pieces of furniture neatly placed into their appointed corners. Perhaps the most photogenic spot in the home is the one where Juhl's strangely anthropomorphic Poet sofa sits, flanked by a fireplace and with a portrait of Juhl's wife hanging above. It's only a small section of the space, but this spot, with the sofa and chair across from one another, fireplace on one side and door to the outside on the other, feels like the heart of the home. You can feel the designer setting this up, almost like a stage set, and it feels intentional but not rigid.
You can see these little groupings repeating themselves throughout the home: elsewhere in the living room, in the garden room pictured above, in the master bedroom. The house is not small, but it feels intimate. And its white walls and fairly minimal furnishings, with just a few bold pieces mixed in, strikes a balance that feels very, very modern. Finn Juhl's home is so much more than a showhouse—it's a display of his best designs, certianly, but also of his talent for gently setting a scene, and for creating an aesthetic that retains its loveliness so many years later.
To read more, and see many more photos of the home, check out:
• Finn Juhl's House on Cereal
• Finn Juhl's Home on FinnJuhl.com