copenhagen – finn juhl house

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Obscured by a slightly wild set of green trees, the Finn Juhl house in Ordrup, located just outside of Copenhagen, is the home of Danish architect and designer Finn Juhl. In this property he designed every detail himself, including many of the objects inside.

Upon entering through a narrow gap in the trees, the property immediately opens up and you’re greeted with a moderately sized back garden. Walking down the side of property, which reminded me of a similar path at the Eames house in California, an open window immediately grabbed my attention. The first thing I noticed, a beautiful wooden sculpture, peering at me from a distance and enticing me to explore inside.

The exterior is simple and minimal, perfectly matching Finn Juhl’s design principles. So it’s no surprise then that the interior follows a similar theme. As you walk through the front door, on the left is a small study that’s functional and houses some beautiful objects. A few that grabbed my attention were two lacquer bowls, a wooden shaker type box, as well as the sculptures and framed vase picture (seen above). Nothing grabs too much attention, it’s all very cohesive.

Walking in to the main area of the property, it becomes apparent that the the house is based on a simple ‘L’ type configuration. Stemming off this shape are moderate sized rooms, as well as the kitchen that’s distinctly minimal. On either end are the main rooms, one is a library area, and on the other end is a sitting room. I was drawn to start anti clockwise in this configuration and head towards the end sitting room, where that sculpture was peering at me in the back garden.

The sitting room doesn’t disappoint, I thought the open window really opened up the space, and there’s some beautiful furniture inside. As you turn back past the entrance some stairs dip down and light shines in from the glass windows, bringing in beautiful light. In the library area I noticed a collection of small wooden eggs, as well as many books that line the walls.

As a design fan, books are often a big source of inspiration, and Finn Juhl’s bookcase is particularly special. It was nice to see classic books alongside design favourites, as well as works by fellow designers like Alvar Aalto and Le Corbusier. Thus showing some of the important cross references in his work.

Conclusion

Finn Juhl really did put the “art of reduction” in to practice here. I was humbled by the simplicity of this property and the overall functionality. I also noticed a few parallels with this home and Alvar Aalto’s in Helsinki, Finland. It had a similar vibe in terms of the steps in the middle of the property, and also the principles of bringing the outside in.

I also found myself coming back to his fantastic range of artwork that’s nearly in every room. They are brilliantly abstract and bright, this spontaneity and colour cut through the minimalist interior. This house is more than just the architecture itself, it’s also about the simple objects and artwork that sit inside. Now only are they well-made, they’re also timeless in appearance.

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