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House of Finn Juhl

Reading Cheat – Veneer Seat

CATEGORY Chair

DESIGN Finn Juhl

YEAR 1953, relaunched in 2018

MATERIALS
Frame in solid oak with seat and back piece in plywood of oak and walnut with an outer layer in walnut. Horizontal top piece in solid oak and walnut. Also available in a black painted variant.

DIMENSIONS
W: 52 cm
D: 58 cm
H: 74 cm
Seat height: 45 cm

The Reading chair is one of Finn Juhl's more simple, yet elegant, pieces. The chair is characterized by intricate details and a quirky story. The chair was designed in 1953 and allows for multiple sitting positions - a unique design function which is typical for Finn Juhl's furniture. Earlier on, the Reading Chair has only been available with an upholstered seat, but it has now been relaunched with a veneered seat - as seen on the very first version, which Finn Juhl designed for the company Bovirke.

Finn Juhl designed the Reading Chair as both a dining room chair and as a reading chair. It is designed to be equally comfortable whether you choose to sit facing the front or the back. This might sound both odd and complicated, but thanks to Finn Juhl’s genius, the result was a simple, unpretentious, yet thoroughly well-designed and visually pleasing chair.
 
The Reading Chair is manufactured in solid oak with seat and back piece in plywood of oak and walnut with an outer layer in walnut. The horizontal top piece is in solid oak and walnut. The chair is also available in a black painted variant.