Børge Mogensen Shaker Table in Oak 1960
Børge Mogensen by Frederica Stolefabrik, shaker table C17, oak, Denmark, design 1944, production 1960s.
Mogensen’s iconic shaker table in solid oak was designed in 1944 when Mogensen was head of the FDB, the Danish Cooperative society. It was the period in which Mogensen wanted to design furniture that would be available for everybody, also on a small budget. The shortage of materials in the 1940s meant that he was forced to use light Danish woods such as pine, oak and beech. As often Mogensen was inspired by the sturdy, strong and solid designs of the Shakers movement.
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 idea 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.