The incredible Finn Juhl: Pelikan Chair

July 6th, 2010 by Valerie

Finn Juhl: Pelikan


We are thinking about buying a new chair for the living room to replace one we picked up at Society of St Vincent De Paul. If you have never been there, I recommend checking it out. It’s overwhelmingly huge and seemed to require frequent trips to find the real prizes, but we did find a good looking chair for $60 bucks that has lasted us for almost two years. It’s worth a trip! But still. It might be time for an upgrade. In my dreams, I’d get a piece by Finn Juhl (1912-1989), a Danish furniture designer who was trained as an architect, but gained notoriety for his beautiful furniture in the 1940s. The license for his pieces now belongs exclusively to the Danish company Hansen & Sorensen.


The Pelikan is a wonderful example of Finn Juhl’s design. Inspired by the modern “free art” of the time, its organic shape and fluid lines are so inviting. The Pelikan is said to be very comfortable and is manufactured with the best craftsmanship, including hand-sewn upholstery and legs that come in several types of wood.


A Pelikan (or a few Pelikans) great coupled with a Poeten–another of Finn Juhl’s classic designs. Juhl created the Poeten for his own home in 1941, and today it is an endure piece of classic Danish furniture.

Image Source: Hansen & Sorensen

Designers Guild – Painted Country Tricia Guild

I had a meeting arranged at DG with inhouse interior designer Colin Bisset – 1988.

During the meeting a fail crackle sample slipped from the back of my sample book and landed in front of him…

“I love this!”


“Yes what is it called?”

“Erm… Mexican driftwood!??” I had to think of something..

Colin darted out of the office to return with an original santa Fe distressed kitchen chair in his hands.

“Can you do this?!”

It was the start of 9 years of fabulous paint finishing and styling.