The Various Maker's Marks, Logos, Brands, and Stamps used by Danish Finn Juhl Furniture Makers

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This article is being done to show the various branded marks that were used by licensed Finn Juhl producers in Denmark. The Danish producers include Niels Vodder, Ivan Schlechter, and Niels Roth Andersen. The one licensed USA maker was Baker Furniture, who produced Chieftain Chairs in the 1950's, and then also did a re-issue of the chair in the 1990's.


The two examples above are of the characteristic heat branded mark used by the cabinetshop of Niels Vodder. This mark was used by Vodder for Finn Juhl designs that he produced during the 1950's and into the 1960's. By the mid-1960's tastes in furniture had changed, and sometime after 1965 Niels Vodder closed down production (I do not know the exact date, but it was probably well before the end of that decade). Niels Vodder did the majority of Finn Juhl's most important and technically difficult designs, such as his Chieftain Chair (Høvdingestolen), and the 45 chair.


Bovirke was an early manufacturer of Finn Juhl furniture. They did numerous different designs for chairs, sofas, casegoods, and desks. The images above show two heat branded stamps used by Bovirke.

Ludvig Pontoppidan produced a number of Finn Juhl designs in the 1960's, including his famous folding "Glove" cabinet with the multi-colored drawers.

The four metal badges above are associated with designs that Finn Juhl did in the 1950's and 1960's for France & Daverkosen (later known as France & Son), and finally known as Cado, when the company was purchased by Poul Cadovius, and operated into the 1970's. Well known designs that Finn Juhl did for France & Son include the Japan Chair, Spade Chair, and a popular coffee table and end table set. In addition to designs done by Finn Juhl, France & Son did designs by many other popular Danish designers, including Grete Jalk, Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen, Ole Wanscher, and Arne Vodder.

The heat branded logo above is that of Ivan Schlechter. Sometime in the 1970's, Schlechter acquired the license to produce Finn Juhl's Chieftain Chair design. It is believed that he sub-contracted the wooden frame construction to PP Møbler. Very few Chieftain Chairs appear to have been made during the 1970's when Ivan Schlechter held the license. Possibly as few as 10. This image also shows a brass seat retainer tab, which is very similar to the style used later by Niels Roth Andersen. However, the images I have seen of the brass tabs on Ivan Schlechter chairs seem to show that the ends have a strong semi-circular curve to them. On Niels Roth Andersen tabs, this curve is a quite a bit more subtle.
 

Søren Horn was acquired by Niels Roth Andersen around 1984, and by 1987 he had been licensed to produce a number of Finn Juhl designs, including the Chieftain Chair and the 45 and 48 chairs, amongst others. For perhaps most of this time he used the "SH EFTF Roth Andersen Cabinetmaker" mark. The EFTF stands for "Efterfølger", which means "Successor". While this stamp includes the Søren Horn "SH" logo, it could perhaps more accurately be thought of as a Niels Roth Andersen mark. References appear online citing Søren Horn as a licensed producer of Finn Juhl designs, but it may well be that the actual licensee was Niels Roth Andersen, as the Søren Horn cabinetshop does not ever seem to have produced Finn Juhl designs prior to Niels Roth Andersen taking it over. Additionally, it was Niels Roth Andersen who was directly given permission to produce Finn Juhl designs by Finn Juhl himself.
Niels Roth Andersen also used a Soren Horn mark that did not include his own name underneath. This mark is one that was on a Finn Juhl 45 chair that Niels Roth Andersen made.

Later in his career, Niels Roth Andersen began to use his initials as the logo of his cabinetshop. However, probably the majority of Finn Juhl designs that Niels Roth Andersen produced were done using the prior "SH EFTF" brand mark.
 

In 2001 Hansen & Sørensen were licensed by the Finn Juhl estate to produce Finn Juhl's furniture designs. Initially, they appear to have used a paper label, as seen above. After a short period of time, the company was renamed as OneCollection, which is the name it retains to this day. It has since used a metal badge, similar to the cloisonne badges used by other Danish furniture makers in the past, such as France & Son. OneCollection is the current authorized producer of all of Finn Juhl's designs.
 

An additional mark that has appeared on Finn Juhl pieces is the "Design Finn Juhl" heat branded mark seen above. It is rather large in size, at around 4 inches in length. There is no other maker's information included. If you have seen a piece of Finn Juhl furniture with this marking, I would be curious to hear about it. Pieces with this mark are made to a very high level of quality, and may have been produced as early as the 1980's and were definitely being produced starting no later than the early 1990's. They very closely resemble the details of licensed pieces that were being produced by Niels Roth Andersen during that same period. If you have seen other Finn Juhl pieces with this unusual and atypical mark, please drop me a line at tcpenr@gmail.com.
En ekstra mærke, der har optrådt på Finn Juhl stole er denne "Design Finn Juhl" logo mark set ovenfor. Det er store i størrelse, på omkring 10 centimeter i længden. Der er ingen anden maker oplysningerne. Hvis du har set Finn Juhl møbler med denne mærkning, ville jeg være nysgerrig efter at du fortælle mig om det. Stykker med dette mærke er lavet til et højt niveau af kvalitet, og kan være produceret i 1980'erne og 1990'erne. De meget ligner detaljerne i licens stykker, der blev produceret af Niels Roth Andersen i samme periode. Hvis du har set andre Finn Juhl stykker med denne usædvanlige og atypisk mærke, så send mig en linje på tcpenr@gmail.com
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