Børge Mogensen Wall-Mounted Bookshelves
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Børge Mogensen for FDB, B-5 shelves, stained beech, Denmark, 1950s This set of three beech bookshelves is designed by Børge Mogensen. The detailing on the sides of the shelves is one of the distinctive parts as the wood-joints are clearly visible which make up a wonderful detail of these otherwise minimalist and solid shelves. Børge Mogensen (1914-1972) was a Danish designer. His designs are defined by being high-quality, simple and functional. Mogensen can be seen as a democratic and idealistic designer. He aimed to solve basic problems in residential living. This meant that he designed for the middle-class and everyday use instead of for the more exclusive costumer. Contrary to his contemporaries in other countries such as Le Corbusier, Mogensen did not work with new modern materials such as steel and glass. Instead he chose to work with tested materials such as leather and wood. Being trained by Kaare Klint, he was very focussed on the human body and his ideal was to create comfortable furniture, not furniture that would end up in a museum. His designs are therefore honest, functional, simple and production friendly. Mogensen was extremely productive: hundreds of his designs went into production in his lifetime.