Børge Mogensen for Søborg Desk in Teak and Steel
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Børge Mogensen for Søborg Møbelfabrik, desk model 203, teak and steel, Denmark, 1953.
This slender, elegant desk features a thin steel frame and a soft, veneered teak top and drawers. All the detailing was in steel, which is in fact rather rare for Mogensen. He only used it for a few designs including this desk something he ceased doing in the same year. Therefore, these pieces show an exception in his production - even though they achieved great popularity.
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.
Müller, Michael. Børge Mogensen. Simplicity and Function. Berlin: Hatje Cantz, 2016, p. 115.
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