A Tour of Finn Juhl’s house
In 1989 Juhl passed away and his home was left untouched. In 2003 it opened as a museum, and it can still be visited today by the public. Located in the Danish town of Charlottenlund, north of Copenhagen, Juhl’s home is a textbook example of his architecture and furniture design.
Built in 1942, the house features a large living room, a small study, a kitchen, dining room, bedrooms and a bathroom. It contains everything a modernist designer from the 40s would need and it’s both an early example functionalism and of open-plan design. During his time living there Juhl furnished it with many of his own creations and the video below is a wonderful introduction to his furniture and design work.
The house is composed of two blocks standing at right-angles to each other. In one block is a large living room and a small study, while the second block houses the kitchen, dining room, bedrooms and bathroom. The two blocks are joined by an entrance hall which opens to the garden. The house is an early example of open-plan, with a characteristic view through its rooms.
Although each room has its own clear function, it is always possible to look from one room to the next as you walk through the house and there is always a view of the garden. The ceilings are painted in pale light yellow and when they reflect the light from outside, they resemble the roof of a tent with light shining through. The house is brick-built and the façade is plastered in a grey-white shade which offers it a soft, matt effect. Therefore the house appears light against the contrasting dark woodland backdrop. Finn Juhl ‘thought’ in rooms, i.e. he thought from the inside to the outside. The facades were secondary and were to express the ideas behind the floor plan. Furthermore there had to be a balance between walls and windows.
Juhl had an excellent sense of how to integrate rooms with each other and how the light should work. The interaction between the rooms in the house and its outside.
The video was created by Thorsten Dreijer at Dankvart Film and it is a wonderfully peaceful tour around designer’s home. For those interested, the music featured is by famous Swedish pianist Jan Johansson.
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