Børge Mogensen

Børge Mogensen

  • Dates 1914-1972
  • Nationality Danish

Borge Mogensen commenced his career as a cabinetmaker in 1934 and studied furniture design at the Danish school of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen from 1936-38.He went on to train as an architect from 1938-42 at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts' School of Architecture graduating in 1942.

He worked at various design studios in Copenhagen but most notably with Kaare Klint, his mentor, from 1942-50 as Head of Design at FDB's furniture design studio in Copenhagen.

Under Klint he developed an appreciation for American Shaker furniture, which they both admired for its utilitarian design. Much of Mogensen's work was based on Shaker prototypes, and he became known for interpreting traditional forms into modernist designs.

In 1945 he was awarded the Bissen Scholarship and between 1945-47 he was teaching assistant with Professor Kaare Klint at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts' School of Architecture, Copenhagen.
In 1950 he left FDB's furniture design studio to form his own studio. His work has been featured in one-man exhibitions in Zurich, London, New York Stockholm, Paris and Copenhagen, and his many awards for design include the Eckersberg Medaillen (1950) and the C.F. Hansen medal (1972).

Some of Mogensen's best known designs are the 1945 Spokeback sofa, 1950 Hunting chair and the 1959 Spanish chair.

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