Finn Juhl Grasshopper Chair | House Of Finn Juhl
Designed in 1938, the Grasshopper was one of Finn Juhl’s first attempts at expressing his artistic freedom in the form of furniture. The chair also marks the first in a long line of designs, that would go on to manifest Finn Juhl as one of the all-time greatest in furniture design.
Standing in complete contrast to his contemporary colleagues, Finn Juhl was neither a trained cabinetmaker nor furniture designer, but had instead studied to become an architect. His lack of technical knowledge has most likely contributed to his furniture oozing of artistic freedom and expression.
Finn Juhl was not constrained by what was possible, or impossible – and only with help from master cabinetmaker Niels Vodder were Finn Juhl’s rudimentary drawings translated into physical designs. Despite its apparent simplicity, the Grasshopper is exceedingly hard to construct due to its tricky angles, joints and complex shapes.
The Grasshopper has already reached icon-status via numerous illustrations in the design literature. The only two existing chairs are perceived as some of the most prized collectibles within Danish furniture design. In November 2018, one of the two Grasshoppers was auctioned off for €319,000 at Artcurial in Paris.
Relaunched in 2019, the Grasshopper is available in oak and walnut and upholstered in textile or leather. Each Grasshopper is sequentially numbered.
Materials: Frame: Oak or Walnut | Upholstery: Fabric or Leather
Dimensions: W 87cm x D 101cm x H 93cm Seat height: 34 cm
Designer: Finn Juhl
Brand: House of Finn Juhl
Country of origin: Denmark