|Børge Mogensen 90 years
The Danish Furniture designer Børge Mogensen was born 90 years ago. His designs continue to enjoy widespread appeal.
Børge Mogensen was one of the most important
among a generation of furniture designers who made the concept of Danish
design known throughout the world. Together with colleagues such
as Arne Jacobsen and Hans J. Wegner, Børge Mogensen created international
respect for Danish furniture design, and his simple and functional designs
have for more than half a century enjoyed worldwide demand.
On 13 April 2004, Børge Mogensen would
have celebrated his 90 th birthday. Even though many of his most acknowledged
pieces were drawn more than 50 years ago, interest in his designs remains
undiminished. The name Børge Mogensen is synonymous with functional
classics, and the timeless simplicity that characterises his
The obvious simplicity which characterises Børge Mogensens furniture did not just happen, but was the result of an uncompromising quest for the perfect solution. Børge Mogensen was always committed to his work of designing furniture, and the ideas, which came to him at all hours of the day and night, were scribbled down on matchboxes, napkins and scrunched-up envelopes. The result was an impressive breadth of work, but also that Børge Mogensen wore himself out completely, dying in 1972 aged only 58.
Today, Børge Mogensens studio is run by his son Peter Mogensen, himself a trained furniture designer who has continued the collaboration with FREDERICIA FURNITURE A/S. He has completed one of the series his father failed to finish before his premature death, and has also successfully redesigned one of his fathers conference
chairs to a lower lounge chair. Furthermore, Børge Mogensens wife, Alice Mogensen, has donated the entire Børge Mogensen archive to The Danish Museum of Decorative Art, an archive that comprises thousands of drawings and sketches. Peter Mogensen has been responsible for this considerable project which has involved
scanning and digitalising his late fathers drawings.
Børge Mogensens other son, Thomas Mogensen, has just put the finishing touches to an extremely personal book he has written about his father which is being published by Gyldendal this autumn.
Scandinavian Furniture Fair
FREDERICIA FURNITURE A/S is marking Børge Mogensens 90 th birthday with a special exhibition entitled Miles, Monk, Mingus and Mogensen at the Scandinavian Furniture Fair on 12 - 16 May 2004 in Copenhagen. The exhibition is based on Børge Mogensens lifelong love of jazz music and jazz musicians.
For further information, please contact Ole Bjerg, Sales Director, FREDERICIA FURNITURE A/S on telephone
+45 75 92 33 44, or visit the following web sites:
Børge Mogensen facts
Cabinetmaker 1934. Trained at the School of Arts and Crafts and at the Furniture School of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (1936-42). Head of FDBs furniture design studio 1942-50. Own design studio from 1950. One-man exhibitions in Zurich, London, New York, Stockholm, Paris and Copenhagen. Awarded e.g. the Eckersberg Medaillen (1950) and the C.F. Hansen medal (1972).