BØRGE MOGENSEN (Danish, 1914-1972)
Pair of Leather Ottomans, ca. 1965
oak and leather
16.5" H x 23.5" W x 23.5" D
Børge Mogensen (Danish, 1914-1972) was a trained architect and furniture designer, well known for his participation in propelling Danish mid-century modernism on a global scale. An avid pupil and protégé of the designer and esteemed 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. Similar to Klint, Mogensen's prefered material was wood, and his style akin to the clean and strong lines found in many of Klint's pieces. Further, his pieces were highly functional and practical for everyday use.
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.