Børge Mogensen Set of Four 'Søborg' Chairs in Steel
Dining chairs by Børge Mogensen for Søborg Furniture, teak, steel, Denmark, 1953
This set of four Søborg chairs feature a slender steel frame with molded teak seat and back. The chair consists of two wide and slightly curved shells, constituting the seat and back respectively, and resting on a slender frame with angled legs. The chair belong to a line of furniture that Mogensen designer for Søborg furniture. A year later, Mogensen added a steel frame. Although Mogensen was quite critical of new materials - especially steel - he still felt tempted to explore working in it. His steel designs comprise a footnote in his production- and this chair from 1953 was the last time he worked in that material.
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. 114, 118 - 119.