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Mogens Koch Bookcases, Set of Ten


Mogens Koch Bookcases, Set of Ten for Maker, Rud. Rasmussens Snedkerier
Denmark, c. 1960
lacquered elmwood
Overall as shown: 150 h × 60 w × 11 d in 
Each unit: 30 h × 30 w × 11 d in 

Paper manufacturer's label to reverse of four examples ‘Rud Rasmussens Snedkerier Nørrebrogade København’.

Koch's most famous piece of furniture is the square bookcase designed for his home in 1928. It has a particularly flexible, space-saving design, and it is adjustable for the book or object formats of the future. Like Kaare Klint, Mogens Koch spent much time studying mathematics and human proportions and studying historical furniture items to help his designs. Koch's practical and natural furniture is usually made of indestructible maintenance-free materials. Mogens Koch is one of the few Danish architects who have completely succeeded in implementing Kaare Klint's teachings of functionalism.
Morgens Koch was awarded the Eckersberg Medal in 1938 and C. F. Hansen Medal in 1963. Also awarded the Cabinet-Makers’ Guild annual prize in 1964 and the Danish Furniture Manufacturers Association's Furniture Award in 1982.