Børge Mogensen Danish Cabinet in Teak and Brass
Børge Mogensen for FDB Møbler, cabinet in teak and brass, model A232, Denmark, 1950s.
The clear lines of this chest, characterize the well-known style of Mogensen. Very well proportioned and spacious, provided with a well-made base in solid teak. The sincere design of the cabinet shows lovely modest details. Mogensen's ability to design modest pieces with such a strong appearance is world famous. The sideboard is spacious, and the keys in brass that work as door handles make a fine detail.
Børge Mogensen (1914-1972) was a Danish designer. His designs are defined by being high-quality, simple and functional. Mogensen can be seen as a democratic and idealistic designer. He aimed to solve basic problems in residential living. This meant that he designed for the middle-class and everyday use instead of for the more exclusive costumer.
Contrary to his contemporaries in other countries such as Le Corbusier, Mogensen did not work with new modern materials such as steel and glass. Instead he chose to work with tested materials such as leather and wood. Being trained by Kaare Klint, he was very focussed on the human body and his ideal was to create comfortable furniture, not furniture that would end up in a museum. His designs are therefore honest, functional, simple and production friendly. Mogensen was extremely productive: hundreds of his designs went into production in his lifetime.