Scandinavian design table / oak / solid wood / walnut
SØBORG by Børge Mogensen
oak, solid wood, walnut, plywood, steel
for public buildings
73 cm (28.7 in)
180 cm (71 in)
90 cm (35.4 in)
Børge Mogensen designed the Søborg Table in 1953. The table’s sleek elegance is enhanced by slightly tapered steel legs and a sharply defined contour in the oak table top. Søborg Table is a statement table that can be used in the home as well as in restaurants, hotels and exhibition spaces.
H: 73 cm, L: 180 cm, W: 90 cm
An extremely contemporary design, the Søborg chair bridges the contrast between industrial and handcrafted solutions, along with the textural properties of solid wood, plywood and steel. All compounded with a lightweight and solidly grounded aesthetic.
In 1948, Mogensen participated in MoMA’s ”low-cost furniture” international design competition together with his friend Hans J. Wegner. With homes in Denmark serving as the inspiration for the exhibition, he conducted his first experiments with plywood shells.
Mogensen exhibited the first prototype for the Søborg Chair in 1950. His intention was to make a shell chair that could be produced with new machineries of the time. The rounded shaped seat and back in moulded plywood combined with a solid wood frame, reflected how Mogensen fused his international contact with traditional cabinet-makers’ solutions and his own functionalist design identity.
In 1952, Mogensen expanded the series with a steel framed chair. Working with steel was exception, rather than rule, in Mogensen’s work ethic, but the execution was typical of Mogensen. Adding details such as the slightly tapered legs, Mogensen successfully demonstrated the use of woodworking methodologies in steel, which means the Søborg chair has a visual expression that is less industrial and more crafted.