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J41 & J42 Chairs
Børge Mogensen, 1940’

J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’

The J41 Chair (without armrest) and J42 Chair (with armrests) were designed in the early 1940's by Børge Mogensen, when he was FDB design director.

The aim of this consumer cooperative, created in 1933, was to provide well designed furniture at an affordable price to the danish public, thanks to the use of innovative industrial production methods.

J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’
J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’
J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’

Materials and finishes oiled or matt lacquered oak, black or white painted beech

Options leather cushions and felt glides

Dimensions J41 W46.5 x H82.5 x D48cm – seat height 44.5cm

Dimensions J42 W57.5 x H87 x D53.5cm – seat height 44.5cm

J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’
J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’

J41 Chair – Black stained beech

J42 Chair Black stained beech

J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’
J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’

J41 Chair White stained beech

J42 Chair White stained beech

J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’
J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’

J41 Chair Sage stained beech

J42 Chair Sage stained beech

J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’
J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’

J41 Chair – Warm grey stained beech

J42 Chair Warm grey stained beech

J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’
J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’

J41 Chair – Natural Beech

J42 Chair Natural Beech

J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’
J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’

J41 Chair – Matt lacquered oak

J42 Chair Matt lacquered oak

J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’
J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’

J41 Chair – Oiled Oak

J42 Chair – Oiled Oak

J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’
J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’

J41 Chair – Dark Oiled Oak

J42 Chair – Dark Oiled Oak

J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’

4 felt glides

4 plastic glides

Seat cushions

J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’

J41 Cushion – Hallingdal 116

J42 Cushion Hallingdal 116

J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’

J41 Cushion Bolgheri LGG60

J42 Cushion Bolgheri LGG60

J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’
J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’

J41 Cushion Surface by Hay 120

J41 CushionPlanar 749

J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’
J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’

J42 Cushion – Surface by Hay 990

J42 Cushion Planar 739

J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’

J42 Cushion Aniline Cognac leather

J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’
J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’
J41 & J42 Chairs  Børge Mogensen, 1940’

Børge Mogensen

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.