Key facts

Product:
France Chair
Family:
France Chair
Manufacturer:
House of Finn Juhl - Onecollection >
Designer:
Finn Juhl >
Architonic ID:
1373400
Country:
Denmark
Launched:
1956
Manufacturer groups :
Seating-Armchairs >
Groups:
Seating-Armchairs >

Product description

Finn Juhl rode a wave of international success during the 1950s - in part thanks to his partnership with the Danish furniture manufacturer France & Son.

C.W.F. France was an English businessman who moved to Denmark in 1936 to run a small mattress factory together with cabinetmaker Eric Daverkosen, who passed away the following year. During the 1950s, the company became extremely successful.

In 1954 France & Daverkosen accounted for 60% of all Danish furniture exports and the factory employed 350 people at its peak. In 1957, the company changed its name to France & Son, when his son James France joined the company. In 1966 the company was sold to Poul Cadovius.

The France Chair, or the FJ 136 as it is also known, was designed for the American market in the late 1950s. It was originally delivered flat-packed as knock-down furniture, which was France’s business idea and the main driver for his phenomenal success on the American market. Today, however, the chair is delivered fully assembled.

The chair is available in oak, smoked oak, walnut, beech and black painted with handsewn upholstery in fabric or leather.

Size: W 80cm x D 7

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Concept

Finn Juhl designed FJ 136, as the chair was originally called, for France & Son for the American market in 1956. It became – along with a number of other Finn Juhl designs – a great success.

The chair was designed for industrial production and has a more simple expression than many of Juhl’s other chairs. Nevertheless, the chair’s organic shapes and distinct design characteristics are typical for Finn Juhl’s designs. The light wooden frame and the liberated upholstered elements – which seem to float as if they were freed from the law of gravity – make the chair seem almost aerodynamic.