And the Danish Design Award goes to …


The Chieftains Chair by Finn Juhl has received the Danish Design Award in the Classics category for 2012. Designed in 1949, the chair is produced by OneCollection, who accepted this prestigious award at last week's ceremony held at the Danish Design Center in Copenhagen.

The founders of Onecollection, Henrik Sørensen and Ivan Hansen at the award ceremony.

With distinctive shapes inspired by primitive weaponry and a seat that appears suspended above the frame, the sculptural form of the Chieftains Chair changed the future of Danish design. Finn Juhl created the chair for the 1949 Cabinetmakers’ Guild in Copenhagen.

Screen shot 2012-10-02 at 3.56.08 PM

During the exhibition, King Frederick IX sat in the chair, causing a journalist to suggest calling it the “King’s Chair.” But Juhl didn’t like how pretentious that sounded and said, “You had better call it a chieftain’s chair,” which the journalist did. (At some point the apostrophe was dropped.) This original is an authentic, fully licensed product of Onecollection, House of Finn Juhl™.