Edgar Kaufmann Jr., a prolific art collector turned director of the Design Department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, introduced Finn Juhl to the American design world. During a trip to Denmark, he became so fascinated by Juhl’s artistic take on furniture design that he invited him to the United States.
In 1949, Kaufmann Jr. wrote an article about Juhl in the magazine Interiors, which caught the attention of Hollis Baker, a furniture manufacturer from Michigan. Baker invited Juhl to design a modern furniture collection for him. These events mark the beginning of what became known as Danish Modern, and started a boom for Danish design in the United States.