Børge Mogensen for Søborg Desk with Drop-Leaf in Teak and Steel


Børge Mogensen for Søborg Møbelfabrik, desk, model '203', teak and steel, Denmark, 1953.

This Scandinavian modern desk features an open construction with clear lines and angular shapes dominating the layout. The tabletop and drawer compartment are executed in teak. Mogensen rarely uses steel as a material for his designs, making it a rare choice for the detailing and base of this piece. 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 focused 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.

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Product Details

  • condition Good
  • creator Børge Mogensen (Designer) Soborg Mobelfabrik (Manufacturer)
  • date of manufacture 1953
  • dimensions Height 28.15 in. Width 52.37 in. Depth 31.5 in.
  • dimensions Height 71.5 cm Width 133 cm Depth 80 cm
  • material Steel Teak
  • origin Denmark
  • period 1950-1959
  • style Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • barcode 45004194