Finn Juhl was educated at the Academy of Fine Arts from 1930-1934. He worked as a teacher at the School of Interior Design between 1945 and 1955. Juhl is one of a handful of the most recognised of Danish furniture makers and also trained as an architect. He is known internationally for his organic and sculptural work with cabinetmaker Niels Vodder, which resulted in pioneering methods and techniques for the manufacture of furniture in teak. Juhl's furniture is characterised by a strong feeling for the material qualities and properties.
Juhl's Pelican chair, designed in 1939 and first produced in 1940, met with much criticism and was described as a "tired walrus". In spite of the initial criticism, Juhl's work began to have an impact on the style of homes abroad throughout the 40s.His work also included numerous assignments within the field of interior design. Shortly after opening his own office, he received several commissions to do interior design at some of the premier addresses in Copenhagen and in 1951-52 he designed the Trusteeship Council Chamber in the United Nations headquarters in New York. He also collaborated regularly with companies such as Georg Jensen and Scandinavian Airlines, his work for the latter including both ticket offices and interiors of planes. He also had many assignments as an exhibition designer. Besides furniture, Finn Juhl also applied art in glass and wood. Much of Juhl's furniture is represented in museums, several are still in production and sold mainly in the USA and Japan.