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The Børge Mogensen Room

- 11 Apr 2016 -
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I finished restoring pair of Børge Mogensen's model 3238, the 'Hunting Carver's Chair.' And so I finally have enough of Børge's pieces to assemble a complete room in his Danish Modern Rustic.


The Børge Mogensen Room
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- 11 Apr 2016

Some detail shots the chairs made by Fredericia Stolefabrik in the mid 1960s, although the design was first made by Erhard Rasmussen for the 1951 cabinetmaker's exhibition.

The chairs have a soap finish (a lovely finish for oak, too rarely seen), and the patina on the oxhide is spectacular.

- 11 Apr 2016

Daybed was made by Fredericia Stolefabrik, designed in 1956.

- 11 Apr 2016

The cabinet is part of the Øresund series design for Karl Andersson & Sønner in Sweden. The "legs" are not legs at all, but rather just blocks that the cabinet can sit upon.

- 11 Apr 2016

Very nice. This photo would fit in quite well somewhere in the room.

- 11 Apr 2016

A lovely curated space. I particularly like the coffee table.

- 11 Apr 2016

These are all pretty rare pieces. And even more so considering the out of the way place where I live. So I feel very lucky to have found them.

- 11 Apr 2016

Here is a photo of the chairs from the 1951 Snedkerlaugets Udstilling:

- 11 Apr 2016

The coffee table is the same. Or almost. The one in the show photo is the higher, european standard height coffee table, while mine is the 17 inch tall American standard height coffee table. Søborg offered both heights for a period in the late 1950s to early 1960s.

- 14 Apr 2016

Here is the original 1955 exhibition of this model made by Erhard Rasmussen. I think the design deserves some space!

- 14 Apr 2016

Just finished the 3rd and last 3238 armchair. It has even better patina on the leather.

- 15 Apr 2016

Beautiful pieces and setting.
I particularly like the coffee table.

- 15 Apr 2016

leif ericson,

I always think of me first. My goal in collecting Børge Mogensen would be... Copy you.

I appreciate of case goods. The Øresund series cabinet is fine. Congratulations the total package.

leif ericson I ask in ignorance. Is there some way (in keeping with your plan) to add a "blast of color" in your room?

Regardless, you have done a good work.

- 15 Apr 2016

The inspiration was in black and white, so i don't get much color guidance.

There is no plan as such. By which I mean to say that one can not start out with too precise a plan when it involves collecting complementary, but highly obscure, old Børge pieces in an out of the way desert that is sparsely populated and notoriously poor.

And you will notice that a Johannes Aasbjerg side table has remained in the room, because, as I have now discovered, Børge Mogensen did not design side tables. (Why not?).

And it isn't "fire season" so we aren't using the space, so I have free rein to create the room. What color would make you want to copy me more?

- 15 Apr 2016

leif ericson,

I would be pleased if you copied me and added a similar Ege Rya boutique 140 cm X 200 cm Route 66 Farve 19 rug. I have this exact rug with the manufacturer tag on rear as original from my family furnishings when I was a preteen. I am fortunate.

- 15 Apr 2016

I think that is an excellent suggestion. In all my time collecting I still have yet to see one Rya where I live. I have to suppose they are out there, but apparently they are even less common than uncommon Børge Mogensen pieces....

- 15 Apr 2016

leif ericson,

I am pleased you consider my suggestion worthwhile. I will mention this to my 83 year old mother and father when I speak with them this evening. I know my mom will be happy.

- 17 Apr 2016

I had the chance to see and try these chairs last friday. I went to visit a dealer I know that had a set of four 3237 and two 3238. Really nice pieces and indeed they would go well with my table :)

Do you still have the fredericia stickers? If yes, would you mind posting a photo of them?

- 18 Apr 2016

The stickers were long gone on my chairs by the time they got to me. From the photos I've seen they stuck the sticker onto the leather on the underside of the chair, which is not the best place to choose if want it to stay stuck.

- 18 Apr 2016

Beautifully executed room, looks absolutely fabulous. Not too minimal but not too over the top and the colours look great. It looks like you've put a lot of love and attention into getting this just right.

- 18 Apr 2016

Leif, thanks for your answer. I was asking that to check the serie nr.
There are 2 codes on Fredericia stickers: model nr. and serie nr. I have the impression that the serie nr. is actually the production date in the format MYY.
Maybe I am wrong or maybe that is something everybody already knows... Can someone confirm?

- 16 May 2016

DrPoulet, you are certainly right. I've a chair from Mogensen, of which I know (from the previous owner) that it dates from 1973. The serie number on the sticker says: 1173. So that must be the production date in the format you mention.

- 20 May 2016

Thanks Leif for sharing images of your fantastic room. The juxtaposition of the cool colored walls with the warm wood tones makes the room very inviting. You must have been a viking in a previous life! Now if I could just nail down the correct pronunciation of Borge's name! I've heard it spoken by Danish folks and I'm not sure if I will ever get it right. Great job!

- 20 May 2016

I am not Danish, but to my ears they pronounce it a bit like the English word "burr." Or maybe "burr" crossed with "bear." And without too much emphasis on the "r."

Glad you like the Børge Mogensen room. It was kind of luck that I happened to collect a small room of Mogensen pieces that all coordinated well and have a suitable small room with a fireplace for the Modern Rustic feel that Børge Mogensen knew how to create so well.

- 21 May 2016

It sounded like "Bugleee Mugleesen" or something crazy like that
The Danish language is in my opinion very difficult to learn…We visited Copenhagen last September and hit quite a few of the cool places like Klassik & Bruun Mathesen
(sp). Lovely people!

- 21 May 2016

Check out Forvo.com -- a site dedicated to audio pronunciations of every word in every language in the world. I know that sounds crazy and they are nowhere near that point yet, but their database is huge and it's so fun! Native speakers all over the world submit recordings of themselves pronouncing words. If you can't find a word, you can request a pronunciation and someone will record it, sometimes within a day, sometimes within months. You'll get an email notification that's it's available.

A lot of the Danish designers' names are on there already. I requested a few myself. Some, like Børge Mogensen, have several so you can hear what people from different parts of the country sound like.

It is a tough language. They have those three extra letters with sounds that don't exist in English, and other sounds are made in ways that English speakers don't use...or something. I remember working on pronunciation with Danish friends and to my ear I sounded like I was copied them EXACTLY and they would just look at me blankly, waiting for me to try again! It was funny and tortuous at the same time.

Their grammar is simpler than English grammar, though. And their vocabulary is smaller and there are WAY fewer exceptions to rules. English is horrible in regards to rules!

My favorite Danish word: tjek (check).

- 21 May 2016

On the PP Mobler videos, I have a hard time hearing if they are saying "Hanz Vay-Nah" or "Hanz Vay-Gnah". Whichever is correct, I usually use "Vegg-Ner" as there is a better chance then that the person knows who I'm talking about.

- 21 May 2016

Thanks for the info on Forvo…will check it out! I'm with you on the Vegg-ner pronunciation…same as how I pronounce. Off that subject-----You never realize how harsh the English language sounds until you travel abroad for any significant length of time.

- 21 May 2016

"Hans" always ends with an S sound. I don't think there's a Z sound in Danish...?? And the A is in between a short A and a short E sound in English. Wegner depends a little on where the speaker is from in Denmark, i think...i've heard several different ways to say it. I think there are a bunch of pronunciations on Forvo. They definitely do not do a hard G sound.

They do a glottal stop on a lot of sounds, which we don't do in English much, or ever? Another thing to master...

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