Børge Mogensen 1914 – 1972

Borge Mogensen

Børge Mogensen was born in Aalborg in Denmark in 1914 and became one of Denmark’s best known furniture designers. Among contemporary colleagues such as Arne Jacobsen and Hans J Wegner he is also credited with establishing the concept of ‘Danish Furniture’ throughout the world.

Starting out as a cabinetmaker in 1934, Børge Mogensen went on to study furniture design under professor Kaare Klint at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts from 1936-38 and later graduated in architecture from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Architecture in 1942 – where he would return (1945-47) as teaching assistant to his mentor Kaare Klint, who’s approach to simple and functional furniture greatly influenced Børge Mogensen’s own work. Mogensen’s furniture is known for its strong and simple lines and an intense analysis of its functionality – particularly in his approach to storage solutions for the home seen in his collaborative work with Grethe Meyer. Some of his better known furniture is his cabinet made pieces such as ‘The Hunting Chair’ from 1950 made with strong natural leather stretched onto an oak frame – mirrored in ‘The Spanish Chair’ from 1959.

The Hunting Chair by Borge Mogensen
The Spanish Chair by Borge Mogensen

He also broke the mould with ‘The Spokeback Sofa’, which was a light than usual sofa adjustable sides controlled by leather toggles – while the distinctive style of his leather sofas remains a popular and sought after design – widely copied in todays contemporary furniture.

Borge Mogensen sofa
Sofa model 2213 by Borge Mogensen
Spokeback sofa by Borge Mogensen

Throughout his life and career Børge Mogensen received several prestigious awards for his design work, in Denmark and abroad – including the Eckersberg Medal in 1950 and C.F. Hansens Medaillein 1972 – the same year of his untimely passing. Børge Mogensen’s work continues to be widely celebrated across the world, inspiring new generations of architects and designers along the way.

Oak dresser by Borge Mogensen
Skalstol in teak and oak by Borge Mogensen
Spanish Chair in dining chair version by Borge Mogensen