The Library Table by Børge Mogensen made its debut at the Cabinetmakers Guild exhibition in 1958. The clean lines and open construction are emblematic of Mogensen's idea of combining aesthetics and functionality, where every detail has a purpose precise that corresponds to its use.
By lifting and securing the hinged parts at each end, the length of the table can be doubled and folded vertically when not in use. The concept was inspired by English "gateleg tables" dating from the Baroque period, but it was Mogensen's refined visual expression and elimination of the superfluous that contributed to its iconic status.
Modest in appearance and meticulously proportioned, the Library table is equally suited to executive offices, conference rooms, libraries, galleries or private residences.
Materials solid oak frame, veneered oak table top
Dimensions 126 (without extensions) / 189 (1 extension) / 252 (2 extensions) x 93 x H72 cm
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.
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