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Børge Mogensen, 2212 & 2213, "Embassy", a Pair of Sofas, 1960s

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Two en suite freestanding rectangular sofas with nutwood square legs. The sides, back and cushions upholstered with patinated natural leather. One three-seat sofa, model 2213 and one two-seat sofa, model 2212. Designed 1963. Manufactured and marked by Fredericia Stolefabrik. Denmark. 1960s. Literature Michael Müller, Børge Mogensen, Simplicity and Function, Hatje-Cantz, 2016, ill. pp.22-23, 218, 220-221, 222, 234-235. Note Børge Mogensen (1914–1972) is one of the most important Danish designers of his time. Having started his career as a cabinetmaker in 1934, he became a student at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen from 1936 to 1938, then studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Architecture from 1938 to 1942. As a student, Mogensen was deeply influenced by his professor, Kaare Klint, who conducted research on the proportion of furniture in regard of the measurements of the human body. This functionalist approach was shared by eminent European counterparts, such as Le Corbusier disciples or the Bauhaus school, but many Danish designers like Mogensen would create an original path. The modernists were often rejecting the past as a whole by turning to new building techniques and new materials. On the contrary, Mogensen wanted to use the traditional Danish cabinetmaking and retained wood and leather to create new shapes. His main goal was to build quality but affordable furniture to satisfy the needs of a fast growing middle-class in post-war Denmark. Therefore, his designs were not to be the most spectacular or aesthetic but the most suited to the everyday life of his clientele. His models can be seen as classical and simple while strongly built and perfectly proportionate.  Mogensen never diverged from this social philosophy while other colleagues moved towards sculptural design. This is why his work is so enduring and looked for by so many collectors around the world.

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  • Creator
    Børge Mogensen (Designer),Fredericia (Cabinetmaker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30.32 in. (77 cm)Width: 86.62 in. (220 cm)Depth: 32.29 in. (82 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1963
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Paris, FR
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2192315016042

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About the Designer

Børge Mogensen

Among the great mid-20th century Danish furniture designers, Børge Mogensen distinguished himself with his faith to traditional values of craftsmanship and honesty of materials. While peers such as Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl and Arne Jacobsen designed some of the most striking and now iconic furnishings of the era, Mogensen focused on making pieces that were simple, durable and comfortable — and in the long run perhaps more useful and better loved.Mogensen studied under and later worked for Kaare Klint, a master cabinetmaker whose chief tenets were quality of construction and simplicity of line. Klint was a classicist, who believed that furniture forms should evolve from those of historical models. So, too, in his way was Mogensen, as two of his best-known earlier pieces attest. His 1945 Spokeback Sofa, with hinged arms that can be lowered to facilitate lounging, is a reinterpretation of the venerable Knole settee. With the oval silhouette of its plywood backrest and waterdrop-shaped cutouts, Mogenson’s Shell chair, designed in 1949, can be seen as a novel take on early 19th century Empire side chairs.Yet Mogensen shared the aesthetical sensibilities of his most forward-looking colleagues. His cabinets deploy the same spare geometries and lushly figured woods as those of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and his disciple Florence Knoll, the chief difference being that Mies and Knoll used chrome steel for the frames and legs of their pieces. The brawny oak frames and slung leather seats and backrests of Mogensen’s Hunting chair (1950) and Spanish chair (1958) display the same hefty construction and appreciation of natural materials seen in the work of Charlotte Perriand and Sergio Rodrigues. As you will see from the furnishings on 1stDibs, Børge Mogensen designed for function more than sculptural effect. While his chairs may not be the first pieces in a décor to draw the eye, they are often the first to draw in those looking for a comfortable seat.
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