Thematic Exhibitions

Finn Juhl and Danish Chairs

July 23 (Sat) – October 9 (Sun), 2022

Denmark—a design superpower that produced iconic high-quality furniture designs from the 1949s to ‘60s. Among Danish designers, Finn Juhl (1912-1989) stands out for his design of exceptionally original and beautiful furniture. His chairs, with their characteristic elegant curves, have won acclaim for their sculptural appearance.
This exhibition will trace the history of Danish furniture design to reveal the background from which Juhl’s innovative works sprang. The exhibition will make evident the excellence of his designs which, while modern, fit the body comfortably. The chair—a piece of furniture supporting many aspects of daily life. By looking at chairs at a time when a global pandemic has forced us to rethink how we live and work, the exhibition will offer critical insights into comfortable living.

  1. 1. Finn Juhl, master of Nordic design
    Danish architect and furniture designer Finn Juhl stands out, even among Danish designers, for his design of exceptionally beautiful chairs. Sofa-like rounded form, smooth armrests fitting the arm, crisply slender legs—in every respect they display Juhl’s aesthetic as a designer who studied architecture and loved art. Through the chairs of Finn Juhl and Denmark, we invite you to discover the contemporary beauty and appeal of Nordic design.
  2. 2. The Oda Collection
    The Oda Collection, publicly owned by the town of Higashikawa, Hokkaido, consists of 20th-century furniture and household items long collected for research by chair researcher ODA Noritsugu. Now, the world-renowned Oda Collection will appear in Tokyo for the first time ever. Featured will be an astounding variety of chairs, from rare prototype chairs to the finest masterpieces of the genre.
  3. 3. View and appreciate chairs. Then sit on them
    After viewing may chairs, you will want to try sitting on one. A space will be offered for viewers to sit in various Danish chairs and experience their design. Chairs born from the creative imagination of Finn Juhl and other fine Danish designers—sit in each and let its spirit enfold you.


Major works

Major works
  • Finn Juhl
    Pelican Chair
    , designed in 1940,
    Oda Collection (The Town of Higashikawa) Photo: Yukinori Otsuka

  • Finn Juhl
    Easy Chair No.45
    , designed in 1945,
    Oda Collection (The Town of Higashikawa) Photo: Yukinori Otsuka

  • Finn Juhl
    Chieftain Chair
    , designed in 1949,
    Oda Collection (The Town of Higashikawa) Photo: Yukinori Otsuka

  • Finn Juhl
    Japan Chair
    , designed in 1957,
    Oda Collection (The Town of Higashikawa) Photo: Yukinori Otsuka




July 23 (Sat) – October 9 (Sun), 2022
Gallery A・B・C
Mondays, September 20 (Open the Mondays of August 22, 29, September12, 19, 26)
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays 9:30 – 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)

General ¥1,100 / College students ¥700 / Seniors 65+ ¥800

  • ※Visitors of high-school age and younger will be admitted free
  • ※Admission free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate or Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate
  • ※In each case, please show identification
  • ※Free admission for everyone on “Citizens Day, ” Oct 1 (Tue)


  • *During special exhibitions, receive a ¥300 discount by showing your exhibition ticket
  • ※The exhibition can be viewed without an advance reservation. Limited entry may be enforced when the museum is crowded.
Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
Supported by
Royal Danish Embassy
Special Cooperation with
The Town of Higashikawa (Hokkaido), Oda Collection Organization, Asahikawa Furniture Industry Cooperative, Designmuseum Danmark, Wilhelm Hansen Fonden
Cooperation with
Onecollection A/S / House of Finn Juhl, Danish Interiors Co., Ltd., Carl Hansen & Søn Japan K.K., FRITZ HANSEN, Scandinavian Living Company A/S, Louis Poulsen Japan Ltd., LE KLINT
Grant support
The Kao Foundation for Arts and Sciences, THE ASAHI SHIMBUN FOUNDATION
Special WEB Site


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