Widely credited with the introduction of the Danish Modern aesthetic to the American audience over six decades ago, Finn
Juhl sparked a mid-century movement. As of summer 2015, this creative catalyst’s designs are available at SMINK, leading
Dragon Street destination for fine contemporary art and furniture. Modern-day Mad Men, take note.
The House of Finn Juhl line includes signature curvilinear sofas, chairs, and tables. From the Pelican Chair, which marries
comfort with art-inspired form, to the Poet Sofa, designed by Juhl for his own home, these pieces represent an exclusive revival
of the pioneering designer’s work from Denmark’s Onecollection. Indeed, the full Danish Modern Onecollection range is now
available at SMINK.
Says Jennifer Smink of the notable new line, “We consider Onecollection to be a beautiful addition to the fine collectibles
that are coming from high-end manufacturers across Europe.” Each piece from The House of Finn Juhl is available in a range of
fabrics and wood-finish options. All carry on the legacy of a man whom many consider to be a father of modern Danish design.
sminkinc.com –Lisa Petty
Tensegrity, by definition, is the term for a structure of rigid components that seem to float in a net of continuous tension.
Tensegrity, by impression, is the impossible made possible. This beguiling engineering principle gives name and form to renowned
architect and designer Theodore Waddell’s Tensegrity Table from Cassina.
First envisioned in 1972, the piece comprises polished chromium-plated steel rods in a wire web beneath a beveled crystal
surface. “The design process may start with a spark, but it must be much more to have value to a consuming public,” states Waddell,
whose works of form and function have been featured in a special exhibition by New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Upon
completion, Waddell presented a prototype of the Tensegrity Table to Cesare Cassina of the iconic Italian furniture brand. Recalls
the creator, “Cassina was immediately drawn to the design, and took it on the spot!” The rest is history.
Holding its place in Cassina’s contemporary catalogue ever since, the Tensegrity Table was selected by Chanel to grace the luxury
label’s European stores. Several of the tables also feature prominently in the modern Hilton São Paulo Morumbi. There, Waddell
describes, “The low light in the open bar area plays off the wires beautifully.” Not least, the designer himself, now residing in Dallas,
enjoys the eye-catching piece in his own dining room. Add it to your collection, via Scott + Cooner in the Dallas Design District.
scottcooner.com –Lisa Petty
Above: Pelican Chair and The Poet Sofa are both available at Smink. Below: Tensegrity Table for Cassina was designed by Theodore Waddell (pictured).