Earlier this summer we took a trip to Copenhagen to celebrate our birthdays. On an uncharacteristically hot day we boarded the train from the city centre to the north of Copenhagen. After a short bus journey we found Finn Juhl’s house, surrounded by woodland and not far from the sea. Built in 1942 the house embodies Juhl’s multidisciplinary approach to design. Designed from the inside out, the different rooms interact with one another creating the sense of one continual space wrapped in a wall. Every element of the house and every object within it has been carefully considered with no space being left redundant; paintings hang high above door frames, bookshelves line the hallways and kitchen cupboards flow into the next room. Ceilings are painted pale yellow, inspired by the soft glow of a tent roof, doors are bright orange and rugs are vivid pink, yet the overall palette of the house is neutral and calming. Finn Juhl’s house is a great example of how a house can be both functional and beautiful.
Finn Juhl’s ultimate goal was to design and make every element of his house, from the architecture to the light fittings, something he didn’t manage to realise in his lifetime. The Conpot planter design stems from our own desire to create the ideal objects for our home, an ideal which continues to inform new designs.