BØRGE MOGENSEN (Danish, 1914-1972)
Storage Chest with Two Doors
48"H x 37"W x 17.75"D
Børge Mogensen was a Danish trained architect and furniture designer, well known for his participation in propelling Danish mid-century modernism on a global scale. A pupil and protégé of the esteemed designer and professor Kaare Klint, Mogensen studied furniture design at the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts from 1936-38. Later, he studied at the School of Furniture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts from 1938–41, where he also served as Klint’s teaching assistant.
In 1950, Mogensen opened up his own firm, employing several renowned designers that helped contribute to the international success and popularity of the Danish Modern design aesthetic. Mogensen's pieces were highly functional and practical for everyday use. Early in his career, Mogensen's preferred material was wood, and his style akin to the clean and strong lines found in many of Klint's pieces, but as his design practice grew, he began experimenting with unconventional constructions and new materials.
Mogensen was a prolific furniture designer, exhibiting almost every year at the Copenhagen Cabinetmaker's Guild Exhibition, where he subtly incorporated new ideas into traditional forms. It was in these exhibitions that he presented his iconic "Unique Sequoia Table" (1949) and his "Spanish Chairs" (1959).
He received several notable awards, including the Eckersberg Medal in 1950, the annual prize from the Copenhagen Carpentry Guild in 1953, and the C.F. Hansen Medal in 1972.