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Asserbo Dining Table & Bench
Carl Hansen & Søn
Børge Mogensen, 1961

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The Asserbo table and bench were designed by Børge Mogensen for his own second home in 1961. Made of oiled solid eucalyptus – a fast-growing hardwood from responsible forests (FSC C135991) – the Asserbo series has a rigorous and stylistically consistent design.

The rounded shapes and the visible screws in brushed brass give it an informal appearance that clearly alludes to the Shaker style. The bench is available with a fixed or wall-mounted backrest, leather or fabric cushions, allowing to create a personal expression.

Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son: “Børge Mogensen aimed to produce designs that put people first and could last for generations. The Asserbo series is a great example. Its rugged aesthetic makes it ideal for private and holiday homes, but also for restaurants and public spaces. »

Table 190 x 95 x H72 cm
Bench with backrest 170 x 52 x H78 cm – Seat Height 46 cm
Bench w/o backrest 170 x 50 x H46 cm – Backrest 170 x 8,5 x H15.5 cm
Materials Dark Oiled Solid Eucalyptus

Asserbo Table

Asserbo bench with backrest

Asserbo bench without backrest

Asserbo backrest (wall mounted)

Asserbo bench cushion

Børge Mogensen

Børge Mogensen’s (1914-1972) creative process produced long-lasting pieces with humans at the center. He became a highly influential post-war designer and a leading representative of Danish Modern.

Mogensen’s democratic design included simple and functional wooden furniture for both private and public spaces, with calm aesthetics and strong construction from quality materials. He believed in visual clarity and minimal decoration or experimentation, as seen in his classic Hunting Table and Deck Chair Set.

As a student at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Mogensen was inspired by Kaare Klint’s use of human proportions with visual calm and functionalism. Mogensen, however, also placed emphasis on informal interior décor and the use of modern production facilities.

Mogensen completed his cabinetmaker training in 1934, followed by studies in furniture design. During this period he worked in the studios of Klint and Mogens Koch until he was hired as chief designer for the Danish furniture cooperative FDB in 1942, where he pioneered democratic design.

He began his own design studio in 1950, making modern, useful furniture produced from local, Nordic materials. His inspiration, however came from many cultures and styles, including international modernism, ethnic arts, Japanese carvings, and historic works.

Mogensen also taught furniture design and participated in exhibitions and competitions, such as the 1948, international Competition for Low-Cost Furniture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which he entered together with his friend Hans J. Wegner.

He was awarded the Eckersberg Medal in 1950 and won the Danish Furniture Prize in 1971. In 1972 he was awarded the C.F. Hansen Medal and appointed Honorary Royal Designer for Industry at the Royal Society of Arts in London.