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(1914-1972)

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Børge Mogensen (13 April 1914 – 5 October 1972), was a Danish furniture designer.

He was one of the most important among a generation of furniture designers who made the concept of “Danish Modern” known throughout the world. Together with colleagues such as Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner, Mogensen created international respect for Danish furniture design, and his simple and functional designs have for more than half a century enjoyed worldwide demand.

Børge Mogensen was born in Aalborg, Denmark. He started as a cabinetmaker in 1934, and studied furniture design at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen from 1936 to 1938, and then trained as an architect (from 1938 to 1942) at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts' School of Architecture graduating in 1942. From 1938 to 1943 he worked at various design studios in Copenhagen, including with Kaare Klint.1942-50 he was manager of FDB's furniture design studio, Copenhagen and in 1945 was awarded the Bissen Scholarship, Denmark. 1945–47, he was teaching assistant with Professor Kaare Klint at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts' School of Architecture, Copenhagen. In 1950 he was awarded the Eckersberg Medal and in 1950–1972. In 1959 he left FDB's furniture design studio to found his own design studio. His work has been featured in one-man exhibitions in Zurich, London, New York City, Stockholm, Paris and Copenhagen, and his many awards for design include the Eckersberg Medaillen (1950) and the C.F. Hansen medal (1972). He was married to Alice Mogensen (1916 - 2011), they had two sons.

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