The prolific Danish furniture designer Borge Mogensen was an important figure in his generation that brought the spotlight on and won high acclaim for Danish design. Alongside him are Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen. Like many of his Danish contemporaries, Mogensen became a cabinetmaker, studied furniture design at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen and then trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts' School of Architecture. He set up his design studio in 1950. He was awarded the Eckersberg Medal in multiple years for his contributions of high artistic quality. Mogensen is known for his quality, affordable furniture pieces for the masses.
Mogensen’s most famous chair is the J39 (1947; Borge Chair). Inspired by his acquaintance, professor Kaare Klint, and American Shaker furniture that eschewed unnecessary frills, putting the emphasis on stark lines and pure form, the Borge Chair was dubbed “The People’s Chair” for its universal appeal. The classically simple wooden chair has a hand woven seat and a single slat curved backrest.
Mogensen’s 2204 Wing Chair (1964; Christine Highback Lounge Chair) was inspired by Kaare Klint’s sofa designs in the 1920s. Mogensen managed to incorporate his own touch, as seen in the squared wooden legs. The 2204 Wing Chair also possesses distinctive curved side wings.
Mogensen designed the 2212-2213 Sofa (1962; Justina Sofas) for his home. He designed it around two tables that he sandwiched it between. The utter simplicity of the functional sofa makes it one of Mogensen’s most recognizable designs and ubiquitous in buildings and offices everywhere.
Illustrious Norwegian interior designer Fredrik Kayser’s Model 711 (1960; Emerson Sofa in various armchair or seater options) stands out amongst his body of award-winning work and has retained its light, timeless looks over the years, fitting in both traditional and contemporary decors.
Charles and Ray Eames' Molded Plastic Chairs (1948-1950) were the first plastic chairs to be industrially manufactured, including the Desmond Chair, the Rada Armchair and the Maja Rocking Chair with its uncovered, cup-like seats and iconic wood and wire rocker bases.
The Panton Chair (1957-1967; S Chair) by experimental Danish designer Verner Panton is part of the Danish Culture Canon and has withstood the vicissitudes of popularity over time, in part thanks to supermodel Kate Moss who posed nude on it on the cover of British Vogue.