Finn Juhl originally intended to study art history. He has been drawn to the beautiful arts since a young age. His father, however, forbade him from pursuing a career in the arts. Instead, Finn Juhl enrolled in the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen’s Department of Architecture. In the 1930s, a crucial decade in furniture design when contemporary design first emerged, Finn Juhl started his studies. In 1934, Finn Juhl began his employment with renowned Danish architect Vilhelm Lauritzen while still a student. He worked on significant projects at his studio, including the Danish Broadcasting House and Copenhagen Airport. Because of his constant busyness, Finn Juhl never completed his education. Despite this, in 1942 he was given the honor of being admitted to the Academic Architect Society, and later in life he was appointed a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Design in Chicago. He would always refer to himself as self-taught at the time when he had established himself as a furniture designer.
Designing the whole interior of the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the UN headquarters in New York between 1951 and 1952 was one of Finn Juhl’s career’s major international accomplishments.