Mogens Koch developed a striking construction for the pair of designs, loosely placing the upholstered section on a visible, solid wood frame, with the top row holding the seat securely in place.
A believer in honest design, Koch disliked legs that seemingly appeared out of nowhere, seeing this as cheap tricks. He felt that every design's construction should be of a solid quality throughout, and similarly ruled against using upholstery to hide inferior material.
The exposed frame structure is typical of the Danish functionalists' idiom of separating the bearing and borne parts - or the frame from the seat - to make the construction a design feature in and of it self and accent the appeal of natural materials.
- Made of solid wood
- Leather seat and back
- Width: 26.8 inch / 68 cm
- Depth: 24.8 inch / 63 cm
- Height: 29.5 inch / 75 cm
- Seat Height: 17.3 inch / 44 cm
- Arm Height: 26.4 inch / 67 cm
Passionate craftsmanship means many things to different people. To Carl Hansen it means everything. It has been so ever since 1908 when Carl Hansen founded his company on a strong belief: outstanding craftsmanship and rational serial production could go hand-in-hand to provide customers with high-quality furniture at a reasonable price. Today they continue to build on this simple but strong idea, combining traditional woodworking techniques with the latest technology to produce furniture of lasting value.
Carl Hansen & Son MK10040 Model 51 Chair Designed by:
- Mogens Koch , 1936
Denmark, 1898 - 1992
Mogens Koch, who is especially known for his furniture classics such as the bookcase system and the Folding programme, worked with Kaare Klint in 1925-30, and was professor at Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole in Copenhagen in 1950-68. Mogens Koch'sfurniture design forms part of some of the most elegant and important solutions in terms of meeting the requirements to comfort, function and aesthetics and his furniture has been key to Rud. Rasmussen's production since 1932.
Mogens Koch worked within all aspects of architecture - housing plans, houses, monuments, furniture, textiles, silver and writing. Mogens Koch's works include only few objects but they are all essential, original and sometimes courageous or daring. There has always been special interaction between Mogens Koch's own life and the furniture he designed. None of them came into existence as artistic manifestos but arose from a given assignment and were created for a particular purpose. Thus, his bookcase was at first designed for his private home in Hulgårdsvej near Bellahøj in Copenhagen.
The small rooms in people's houses required a flexible bookcase or cabinet and in 1928 he drew the first sketches for the square bookcase which in the relatively small module of 76 cm x 76 cm provided great and varied functional usage.
Koch was awarded numerous honorable prizes - amongst others the Eckersberg Medal (1938), the C. F. Hansen Medal (1963) and the ID Prize (1992)