Finn Juhl for Niels Vodder Dining Table ‘Judas’ with Kaare Klint Armchairs


Set of Finn Juhl for Niels Vodder dining table model ‘Judas’ FJ49 with Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussens Snedkerier, set of eight armchairs model '3758A'.

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.

Dimensions of the table: H 74 x W 287.50 x D 120 in cm

Kaare Klint for Rud Rasmussens Snedkerier, set of eight armchairs model '3758A', teak, fabric, Denmark, design 1927.

This set of dining chairs designed by Kaare Klint is special to come by. These chairs have very elegantly sculpted slender armrests. The two back legs of the chairs are shaped slightly inward, that again adds to that elegant appearance. The chairs are upholstered in a light colored wool fabric. Manufactured by the Danish Rad. Radmussens Snedkerier, that worked with many of Denmarks leading designers, like Mogens Koch, Poul Kjaerholm, Mogens Lassen and of course Kaare Klint.

Kaare Klint (1888-1954), the son of an architect, initially became an artist. In 1922 he followed in his fathers footsteps and settled as an independent architect. His most important work consisted of designing furniture, with the result of him being called the father of modern danish design. Apart from the specific designs that gave him his recognition and fame, his theories were also of great importance for later generations of designers. At the age of 25 he made a study of the proportions of the human body and based the sizing of his furniture designs on that.

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Product Details

  • condition Good
  • creator Finn Juhl (Designer) Kaare Klint (Designer) Niels Vodder (Cabinetmaker)
  • date of manufacture 1930s-1970s
  • dimensions Height 35.04 in. Width 24.02 in. Depth 22.25 in. Seat Height 19.49 in.
  • dimensions Height 89 cm Width 61 cm Depth 56.5 cm Seat Height 49.5 cm
  • material Fabric Silver Teak
  • origin Denmark
  • period 1940-1949
  • style Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • barcode 50111458 + 50112197