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Biography

Børge Mogensen (1914-1972) was one of the most important furniture designers of his generation. Having started as a cabinetmaker, like many other designers, he developed into an accomplished furniture designer who created functional and affordable furniture for the everyman. Mogensen studied at Copenhagen school of Arts and Crafts from 1936-1942 under the watchful eye of Kaare Klint as his mentor. After completing his studies he initially went on to work with Klint, from whom he learnt to produce simple and functional furniture. Later on, Mogensen also succeeded his former mentor as designer at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Copenhagen when Klint died in 1954.

Between 1942 and 1950, Mogensen was head of the furniture design studio at FDB Danish cooperative chain, then set up his own design studio in 1950. He is known for having created furniture with strong and simple lines, often wooden, without the aesthetics ever compromising the function of the piece. Mogensen strived to meet the needs of a modern home by researching the range and quantity of common objects that the average person owned. With his findings in mind he created pieces that everybody could use, such as shelving and solutions to everyday storage needs. 

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