One of the most productive and influential Danish designers of the mid-20th century, Børge Mogensen became best known for his functional and attainable furniture. Wright celebrates Mogensen's contributions to the modern movement presenting more than 150 works by the artist to the market and achieving strong results.
My goal is to create items that serve people and give them the leading role, instead of forcing them to adapt to the items.
3 Things to Know About Børge Mogensen
Mogensen cited design inspiration from international cultures and styles including ethnographic arts and crafts, Japanese wood carvings, historic works, and lithography
After the death of mentor Kaare Klint in 1954, he went on to succeed him as the designer of the Danish Museum of Decorative Art in Copenhagen
He frequently participated in the Copenhagen Cabinetmaker’s Guild Exhibitions presenting nearly every year
Showroom at the Copenhagen Cabinetmaker's Guild Exhibition 1949 presented by Erhard Rasmussen and Børge Mogensen
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Børge Mogensen 1914–1972
One of the most productive and influential Danish designers of the mid-20th century, Børge Mogensen became best known for his functional designs. His work is characterized by simple lines, modest proportions, and clarity of design. His high quality craftsmanship remains approachable and attainable. He began his training as a cabinetmaker in 1934 then studied at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts before enrolling at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Architecture where he graduated in 1941. Mogensen was a student and teaching assistant of Kaare Klint later working in the designer’s studio in Copenhagen. In 1948, he participated in the Museum of Modern Art, New York’s Low-Cost Furniture exhibition with friend, Hans J. Wegner and frequently exhibited his furniture designs at the Copenhagen Cabinetmaker’s Guild Exhibitions as well.
Throughout his career Mogensen developed a keen interest in contemporary lifestyle and the modern home creating intricate home storage systems through dedicated research. A highly celebrated designer, he received the Eckersberg Medal in 1950, the Danish Furniture Prize in 1971, and both the Honorary Royal Designer for Industry at the Royal Society of Arts in London and the C.F. Hansen Medal in 1972.
I do become more and more narrow in my devotion. Within a very limited field, I strive to live out to the utmost border of possibilities within both the material and the shape. Sometimes I cross that border—and then I learn.