Børge Mogensen was a pioneer who helped establish Denmark as a culture of furniture design. His life-long ambition was to create durable, useful furniture that would enrich people’s everyday lives. Functional furniture for all parts of the home and society.
“ My goal is to create items that serve people and give them the leading role, instead of forcing them to adapt to the items. ”
Taught by Kaare Klint as a cabinet-maker and furniture designer
In 1948, Mogensen participated in MoMA’s “International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design”. Back home in Denmark, inspired by the exhibition, he experimented with plywood shells and merged aspects of the global modernist movement with his own design identity. He also found inspiration in ethnic arts & crafts, lithography and Japanese wooden carvings.
Shortly after opening his own design firm in 1950, Mogensen began collaborating with young interior architect and entrepreneur, Andreas Graversen, who would later become the owner of Fredericia Furniture.
Mogensen's house was home to some of his most iconic designs
Many of his well-known pieces were constructed to fit perfectly into that particular house. The renowned 2213 sofa, designed in 1962, was the pride of his living room. Placed next to the sofa were two of his Spanish chairs, designed in 1959.
Mogensen lived in the house for 15 years together with Alice. They affectionately referred to it as the “laboratory,” as it became a place where Mogensen experimented with furniture and Alice designed fashion.
To test his designs before they were approved for production, Mogensen also created prototypes in the “laboratory,” which could be found in nearly every room in the house. The whole family would help “test” them when a new chair or sofa arrived. The children would jump on the couches and play around on the chairs, and the entire family would sit on the dining chairs for their meals. If the designs were strong enough to endure everyday life with his kids, Mogensen would consider them “approved.”