Most Danes of a certain age remembers . FDB was the reason many Danes could afford well-made modern furniture – it was made for the people. Many of the chairs made in the 50s and 60s are back in production, including this one the J80 by Jørgen Bækmark.
In the beginning of the 1940s Danish FDB furniture took on new and relatively unknown furniture designers and architects to develop beautiful and functional pieces affordable for most people. They wanted to show that quality furniture was not only for the well off.
With newly trained architect Børge Mogensen, only 28 years at the time, at the helm new pieces was developed quickly, some sold in more than 800.000 copies (which is a very large number, remember there was only about 4 mil. people living in Denmark at the time).
The period is referred to as functionalism characterized by the simplicity, minimalism and functionality, the birth of the Scandinavian design style we all love and cherish today. Together with Mogensen FDB developed a massive collection of furniture, some of which are seen as icons today. FDB brought in other architects like Mogensen’s good friend Hans J. Wegner, and after Mogensen ended with FDB, Poul M. Volther took over continuing developing great pieces.
FDB saw its success growing throughout until the 1970s where flat-pack furniture saw its beginning. Luckily for us, good quality furniture is back in style and so is the production of some of the old classics from FDB, together with new ones (which I will look into in a post in a few weeks). I love , which I have in my bedroom right now, but I also have a soft spot Mogensen’s and (which soon will be launched in a limited edition version) and of course Ejvind A. Johansson’s classic .
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