Hans Sandgren Jakobsen
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Hans Sandgren Jakobsen - born 7 August 1963.
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Extended Curriculum Vitae.
After my grammar school graduation in 1982 I started as a cabinetmaker apprentice with the furniture company Inventarsnedkeriet a/s in Århus, Denmark. I got my certificate of completed apprenticeship in March 1986. My test piece of work for finishing my apprenticeship was a writing desk, which was awarded a silver medal (the highest category).
For a short period - before starting at Danmarks Designskole (The Danish Design School) in Copenhagen - I worked for the cabinetmaker´s Rud. Rasmussens snedkerier in Copenhagen.
I started at Danmarks Designskole in August 1986 and graduated as an Industrial Designer in May 1990.
In spring of 1988 I was awarded a scholarship of DKK 200,000 from The Gurli and Paul Madsen foundation - for studies abroad.
In the summer of 1988 I went on a study tour to the USA. The main purpose of this tour was to study the Shakers' craftsmanship - an old American tradition for functional simplicity - which I had already become acquainted with at the design school. I was invited to stay with the last existing shaker community at Sabbathday Lake in Maine for a period. The rest of the tour I spent travelling around and studying the many collections and exhibitions which deal with the Shakers and their furniture making culture. Their solutions constituted a major source of inspiration to me, and I stayed in the USA for three months.
Just after graduating from Danmarks Designskole I spent the rest of the scholarship money on a trip to Japan where I worked as a volunteer for the Japanese design company "COBO design" in Nagoya. Through that work I gained an insight into Japanese design processes and I learned a great deal about Japanese culture during my three months stay there.
In the winter of 1989 I joined an experimental interdisciplinary programme for students from Danmarks Designskole and from one other design school, two engineering schools and a business school. There were nine groups each working with a project for six months. My group developed an instrument for measuring the humidity of wood. Through this project I experienced the advantages of interdisciplinary co-operation and co-ordination.
The positive experiences of interdisciplinary co-operation resulted in the collaboration with the textile designer Inger Mosholt Nielsen. My degree project from Danmarks Designskole was a chair with a self-supporting polyester fabric developed in co-operation with Inger Mosholt Nielsen. In February 1991 I also produced a hammock together with Inger Mosholt Nielsen - for the International Linen Promotion Exhibition in Paris, France. The hammock is supported with mahogany lamellas like sail sticks to improve the comfort.
In 1991 the design group "Spring" was established. The group consists of three textile designers from Århus plus me. "Spring" is a source of inspiration to all of us. We inspire each other, help each other and we exhibit together.
At the furniture fair in 1991in Bella Center, Copenhagen the design group "Spring" exhibited. Inger Mosholt Nielsen and I exhibited our degree project - the chair with self-supporting polyester fabric. Shortly after the exhibition we were contacted by the American company VIA, who were interested in producing the chair. Since then we have collaborated on developing the chair - now called "VIA Spring Chair". The VIA Spring Chair has now been completed and it was introduced on the American market in March 1993 at the furniture fair West Week in Los Angeles, USA.
In 1992 I designed a chair - called Jakob - and a range of tables for cafes and other public places. The chair and tables were designed on commission for the company Stilling Furniture in Gilleleje, Denmark. In 1992 Stilling Furniture introduced the chair and the tables at the furniture fair in Bella Center, Copenhagen.
In 1992 Inger Mosholt Nielsen and I participated in The Scandinavian Furniture Award with the chair "Rokoko". Our idea with the chair was that the self-supporting fabric seat and the laminated back were both dyed in the same colour. The chair was awarded a third prize.
In August 1993 Inger Mosholt Nielsen and I participated as guest exhibitors at Snedkernes Efterårsudstilling with a tatami chair designed for the company Kohseki in Kyoto, Japan. The tatami chair is used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony rooms where the Japanese normally do not want any furniture at all. Nevertheless the Japanese like the comfort of the chair and they favour its simple appearance.
In September 1993 the design group Spring participated at the furniture fair in Bella Center. Personally, I showed a new bookcase system for Stilling Furniture, which consists of a thin shelf element executed in laminated veneer. The stiffness of the shelf is caused by a length wise profile and a small height of arch. Together the profile and the height of arch perform a double curved shape, - a construction which minimises the material consumption when producing a stable bookcase system that easily carries books.
At Snedkernes Efterårsudstilling 1994 I participated with the wendy house Mikkelborg. Mikkelborg is a three metre tall wooden sculpture with a pinched roof. Its striking design challenges and surprises while contributing to the beauty of the garden. Mikkelborg provides children with a lot of opportunities for playing: for instance, two floors with a cave upstairs, a sitting-room downstairs and a swing outside. These are just a few of the many possibilities that Mikkelborg offers.
In January, February and March 1995, the design group Spring exhibited at the art museum Trapholt in Kolding, Denmark. Among other things we exhibited the upholster furniture "Barcelona", which is a large interdisciplinary Spring project. The textile designers Inger Mosholt Nielsen, Mette Mikkelsen, Mette Dammand Jensen and I had designed eight different textile and metal solutions for the back and seat of the upholster furniture. The furniture is suitable for public rooms such as airports, waiting rooms, receptions etc. and can be used in both large and small rooms. Due to the various components of the system it will fit every need of the room in question.
In 1996 I participated with two new products at SE - Snedkernes Efterårsudstilling - a chair "Aunt Emma" and a screen "Viper". The top edge of the "Aunt Emma" chair has been an experiment with pre-compressed wood - how far can a plane piece of elm be forced? Is it possible to create a double curved top edge out of a solid piece of plane wood - and still maintain good comfort both for one's back and arms? In that case it would be possible to avoid the glue pot and to save a lot of wood, and the fact that the wood can manage on its own is also very agreeable seen from an aesthetic point of view. In the construction of the chair a minimum of wood has been used. All the curved subjects have been bent out of pre-compressed wood - straight pieces of wood.
The screen "Viper" consists of a number of oval cardboard tubes which are connected and may take on many different shapes. It is moveable and very handy in offices, banks, exhibition rooms etc. The material cardboard is very honest and environmentally compatible, which is why I find it extremely suitable to work with. The top and bottom mountings on the screen are quite special, too, and suit the cardboard very well. "Viper" is manufactured and sold by Fritz Hansen´s Furniture Factory. The development of "Viper" has been supported by the Danish National Bank´s Jubilee Foundation and the Design Foundation.
In 1997 at Snedkernes Efterårsudstilling I exhibited a restaurant chair made in co-operation with the Japanese manufacturer Kohseki. The chair, which is made of elm wood, was especially produced for a classical Kaiseki restaurant in the centre of Kyoto. The chair is meant to stand around tables of solid Zelkove wood and at a bar in a restaurant in which the use of wood is stressed. In restaurants chairs are mostly seen from the back which is why the design of the this chair is concentrated around its back. Furthermore, the narrow backs of the chairs make it easy to get to and from the chair.
In 1997 I also participated in "Eksponent 97" in Herning, Denmark together with "Spring", where I showed the screen "Viper" and the letter tray "Pagode".
At SE 1997 I exhibited the stool "Gallery" and a folding bed. Gallery was originally designed for the exhibition rooms of the art association Kunstforeningen Gammel Strand in Copenhagen. My ambition was to create a piece of furniture which was simple and in harmony with the room it was to serve so that it would not steal the attention of the audience from the exhibition. But I also wanted to create a product with a strong expression - its own character -, so that when people left the room, they would remember it. I chose the stool because it does not "create a room" like a chair and a bench does. It does not have a front, nor a back, nor arms, and therefore, the stool is suitable for the many different exhibitions that Kunstforeningen Gammel Strand arranges. On the basis of the veneer I have searched for a new sort of moulding principle which enables me to create new moulded products, and thus add innovation to traditional stools. My "Gallery" stool is moulded out of a rectangular piece of veneer measuring 530 x 1250 mm, and it weighs about 4.2 kilos. The stool can be used alone in for instance stairways, small exhibition rooms etc. Additionally, several stools can be linked together thereby creating a row of stools. Because the stool has no front nor a back, it can be seen and seated from four angles. The stool provides rest, preoccupation, and a good comfort for the user - like a tree stump in the forest!
The folding bed can be used both for sleeping purposes and as a stool - it can for instance be used by campers, as a guest bed or in refugee camps. The bed combines good comfort with mobility. It consists of two aluminium profiles with a folding mechanism, a rectangle of synthetic cloth and two stands.
At Orgatec in Cologne in 1998 I exhibited four products. The screen "Viper" made of aluminium with and without perforations. Both versions are produced with the following surfaces: nature, aluminium or black paint. Manufacturer: Fritz Hansen. The stool "Gallery" was exhibited in maple and with a coupling link which links two or more stools. The bookcase "Library" was shown with and without roll-front which can be closed from the bottom to the top shelf. Both the stool and the bookcase are manufactured by Fredericia Furniture A/S in Denmark. Moreover, I showed the chair "Dialogue", which has a double-curved top edge made of a solid piece of wood which provides good comfort for both back and arms. The frame is made of tapered steel tubes which are painted. Manufacturer: Bondo Graversen, Denmark.
At IMM in Cologne in 1999 the manufacturer Korup Design showed my furniture series "Victor". It consists of a simple chair with a slightly leaning back. Additionally, there is a separate cushion which is moderately upholstered. The tables are available in several sizes and with or without extensions for an extra leaf. Furthermore, sideboards in two sizes with doors and draws as well as a glass case are available within the series. "Victor" is made of solid wood and in a very high carpenter quality.