Finn Juhl for Niels Vodder Dining Table ‘Judas’ in Teak and Silver Inlay
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Finn Juhl for Niels Vodder, dining table model ‘Judas’ FJ49, teak, silver, Denmark, designed in 1948
With the creation of this exquisite oval shaped dining room table, Finn Juhl focused on combining functionality with an aesthetically pleasing design for daily use. The top is inlayed with thirty-four silver round shapes of various sizes which are structured in a rhythmic manner. The length of the table can be extended by means of two extension leaves, without the need to change the position of the legs. The name ‘Judas’ refers to a conversation between Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus disciples, and the chief priest that took place before the Last Supper. The priest asked Judas to betray Jesus in exchange for thirty pieces of silver coins. Besides the artistic appeal of the silver composition, the number of inlays has a functional purpose to indicate how many people can sit around the table. The Teak has expressive wood structures displaying natural grains and an intricate warm deep color.
Finn Juhl (1912-1989), born in Denmark, planned on becoming an art historian when he was young. His father however decided it would be a better career move if he went to become an architect. After his architecture degree Juhl worked for ten years with Vilhelm Lauritzen. At the age of thirty-three Finn Juhl opened his own furniture design practice. In the 1940s he designed a number of creations that regenerated Danish furniture design, and broke with the established furniture tradition. Juhl is known as the one of the most important pioneers of Danish design. He was in fact the first Danish furniture designer to gain widespread international recognition. His work was vital to spreading the “Danish Modern” concept around the world. His designs are re-known for being exquisitely elegant, refined up until the smallest detail and extremely well executed.
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