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AKSEL BENDER MADSEN (1916–2000, DENMARK)

Aksel Bender Madsen created a number of classic mid century designs in the late 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, often working jointly with his business partner and friend Ejner Larsen (1917–87). Bender Madsen trained as a cabinetmaker before spending four years studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1940. It was there that he met his lifelong friend Larsen, with whom he would work throughout his career. They designed over 300 pieces of furniture together until Larsen’s death in 1987, often working with cabinetmaker Willy Beck, who produced their designs over a 25-year period. Larsen and Bender Madsen participated annually in the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild competitions from 1947, and their work was exhibited at the Triennale di Milano and in the Design in Scandinavia exhibition, which traveled across the US. from 1954 to 1957. Larsen and Bender Madsen’s most famous design, namely the Metropolitan Chair, was developed in 1949 and produced from 1950; its name came from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it was shown and acquired for the Arts of Denmark exhibition in 1960–61. Before he began working with Larsen, Bender Madsen worked for Danish icons Kaare Klint and Arne Jacobsen from 1940 to 1943. While designing furniture, he also worked simultaneously as an architect for the Danish Consumers Cooperative Society (1943–50) and as a teacher and principal at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (1950–54). Bender Madsen was committed to building the Danish design identity and exporting Scandinavian style. He introduced a clear Danish aesthetic to the Dutch brand Bovenkamp in the 1950s and 1960s, who also worked with Arne Vodder. Bender Madsen designs for Bovenkamp feature many models of easy chairs and armchairs, including the low-backed Edith and the high-backed Karen (circa 1950). Together Bender Madsen and Larsen received many awards, including winning the prestigious Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Annual Prize in 1956 and 1961. Their furniture is housed in museums around the world, including the aforementioned Met Museum and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark.

(Biography provided by Beaux-Arts Amsterdam)
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1960s Aksel Bender Madsen Coffee Table for Bovenkamp
By Bovenkamp, Aksel Bender Madsen
Located in Amstelveen, Noord
Danish designer-cabinetmaker Aksel Bender Madsen (1916-2000) created a number of classic midcentury designs in the late 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, often working jointly with his busine...
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Teak

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Interesting and rare Danish designed desk by A. Bender Madsen and Ejner Larsen and manufactured by Willy Beck. Desk features a 21-inch drop-leaf. Table measures 31 inches when folded...
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1950s Danish Superb Desk by Ejner Larsen and Aksel Bender Madsen for Willy beck
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A superb, generously scaled and impeccably handcrafted desk in pale mahogany having a finely proportioned rectilinear form. The desk is fully finished on all sides; the drawers have ...
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Rare Dining/Conference Table by A. Bender Madsen and Ejnar Larsen
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Award winning design, featured at the 1956 Cabinetmaker's Guild Exhibition in Copenhagen. Made of teak, retains label. Made by Cabinetmaker Willy Beck.
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Teak and Steel Desk by Larsen and Madsen
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Located in Sagaponack, NY
A teak desk with steel frame and pulls, with a left side return housing filing shelves designed by Ejner Larsen & Aksel Bender Madsen. Return dimensions; 39.5" W, 17.5" D, 26.5" H.
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1960s Danish Round Coffee Table by Ejner Larsen and Bender Madsen for Willy Beck
By Aksel Bender Madsen, Ejner Larsen, Willy Beck
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Beautiful Danish modern coffee table,1960s by E. Larsen & B. Madsen for Willy Beck, made in Denmark, beautiful vintage table, fantastic condition, early edition.  
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Scandinavian Modern Vintage Teak Coffee Table Aksel Bender Madsen Ejner Larsen
By Aksel Bender Madsen
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Three legged coffee table designed by Aksel Bender Madsen (1916-2000) & Ejner Larsen (1917-1987) in Denmark, circa 1960. The base is made of chromed steel furthermore the top was mad...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Aksel Bender Madsen Tables

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