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Danish Modern Børge Mogensen Dining Chairs in Steel and Plywood, 1953

US$5,316.56per set


Rare set of 4 vintage dining chairs by Børge Mogensen. This brilliant design was produced in the early 1950s by Søborg Møbelfabrik, Denmark. It is made from molded teak plywood and a beautifully curved steel frame. The design is typical for Mogensen, simple, functional and elegant at the same time. The materials are worn and beautifully patinated by many years of daily use. Provenance: These particular chairs were originally used at the Danish Navy Fort "Langelandsfortet" that was built in the 1950s and active during the cold war.


  • Creator
    Børge Mogensen (Designer),Søborg Møbelfabrik (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.93 in. (76 cm)Width: 19.69 in. (50 cm)Depth: 19.69 in. (50 cm)Seat Height: 16.93 in. (43 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Great original condition with superficial signs of wear.
  • Seller Location
    Odense, DK
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3793125266262

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    Ships From: Odense, Denmark
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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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