This extendable coffee table was designed by Børge Mogensen for the Danish manufacture Fredericia Stolefabrik during the 1960s. Cataloge number 5362. Table made of teak with a warm, brown color. Teak wood is very durable, it comes from four types of teak trees. The high content of oily substances means that practically no water soaks into it. Due to the side wings, the table can be unfolded up to 160 cm wide, when the basic width is 80 cm. This is an example of Scandinavian functionalism. The label confirming the originality is located under the table top.
Børge Mogensen was born in 1914, died in 1972. He was one of the pioneers who laid the foundations of Danish design as a furniture design culture. His ambition in life was to create durable and useful furniture that would enrich everyday life. Mogensen’s ideal was to create furniture with restrained aesthetics. He believed that furniture should create a sense of calm and have a modest appearance that encourages people to live unpretentiously. In 1950, Mogensen opened a private design office, and shortly thereafter, in 1952, he began working with a young interior designer and entrepreneur Andreas Graversen, who later became the owner of Fredericia Furniture. Mogensen received the Eckersberg Medal in 1950 as well as C.F. The Hansen Medal, in 1972. In 1971, together with Andreas Graversen, they received the Danish Furniture Award for their contribution to the Danish furniture industry, in 1972 Mogensen was appointed Honorary Royal Designer. Examples of Mogensen’s designs can be seen in leading design museums around the world.
The Fredericia company was founded in 1911 as Fredericia Stolefabrik by entrepreneur NP Ravnsø, who successfully ran the venture until his death in 1936. Right from the start, Ravnsø wanted his company to be known for its extremely high quality and employed only the most skilled craftsmen during his tenure. This made Fredericia Stolefabrik known for high-quality furniture in a variety of styles. Fredericia’s first luxury collection was based on the methodologies fashionable in Denmark in the 1920s, namely antique furniture in Central European and English styles. Fredericia received the exclusive rights to produce and distribute the chair collection under the German brand Thonet in Scandinavia. Under the leadership of Børge Mogensen, Danish Coop FDB initiated a furniture program aimed at renewing the Danish furniture culture and creating modern, functional and useful furniture.
The table is in original vintage condition. It has minor scratches related to age and use.