The last few days I've been thinking about images to show the couple I'm doing freelance work for; we haven't even begun to talk about aesthetic, as thus far my work has been extremely straightforward -- basically surveying and recording existing conditions. Luckily, I came across images that I've collected of the Danish furniture designer Finn Juhl's house, in the Ordrupgaard suburb of Copenhagen. Its modest exterior ...
reveals a rich and ordered interior:
I had the great pleasure to visit when I was living in Denmark last summer, and was immediately seduced by its warmth and clarity. There are wonderful gathering & working spaces scattered throughout the house ...
... and details I love, like the massive 17th century Chinese exportware punch bowl being used as a wastepaper basket in the lower left. It doesn't hurt that there are lovely things like Kandinskys hanging around:
Almost all of the furniture is his own work:
Another stellar detail: the extension of the hearth bricks beyond the hood of the fireplace and into the room:
To my mind, Juhl was one of the great colorists of the 20th century, and the subtlety and grace of his color use in these interiors is lost in the photos; like so many things, you have to be there. But one thing I particularly love is his active use of colored ceilings (which reflect and effect surrounding light in a marvelous way). It's also a great way to integrate color in a way that is less aggressive than an overall paint color, and less imbalanced than an accent wall (a concept I despise). All of his rooms have considered ceilings, but the most distinct is in the dining room:
May I recommend you visit?