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    Børge Mogensen

    Børge Mogensen

    Børge Mogensen (1914-1972) was a trained cabinet-maker and furniture designer at the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts before entering the school of furniture design at Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, where he was taught by Kaare Klint and graduated in 1941.
    As from 1942 until 1950, he was hired as chief designer for the Danish Furniture Cooperation (FDB). There he created modern and useful furniture that would be affordable for all social classes.

    In 1950, Mogensen opened a private design office and designed seating furniture for Fredericia - No. 1 Sofa (1955) and the Spanish Chair (1958) - and the shelving collection Øresund (1957) for Karl Andersson & Søner. Appearance was important, but never at the expense of functionality.

    He defiantly brushed off any criticism for only using wood, his preferred material in all its different embodiments. Børge Mogensen is known as the furniture designer who created high-quality furniture at affordable prices for Danish homes.

    He designed some of the most renowned furniture designs of the 1950s and 1960s. Mogensen received the Eckersberg Medal in 1950, as well as the highest architectural honours in Denmark, the C.F. Hansen medal, in 1972. Examples of Mogensen’s designs can be seen in leading design museums around the world. Børge Mogensen died in 1972, only 58 years old.