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Mogens Koch
MODULAR STORAGE SYSTEM
comprising four Cabinets, eight Shelving Units and four Plinths
each with paper label RUD. RASMUSSENS / SNEDKERIER / 45 NØRREBROGADE / KØBENHAVN
Oregon pine, brass
each shelving unit: 76 x 76 x 27.5 cm (30  1/8  x 30  1/8  x 10  7/8  in.)
each plinth: 5 x 76 x 27.5 cm (2 x 30 ⅛ x 10 ⅞ in.)
designed 1928
executed by cabinetmakers Rud. Rasmussen A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Literature

Arne Karlsen, Danish Furniture Design in the 20th Century, vol. 2, Copenhagen, 2007, pp. 10-11, 17, 48-50
Grete Jalk, ed., 40 Years of Danish Furniture Design, vol. 3:1947-1956, Copenhagen, 1987, pp. 72-73

Catalogue Note

Mogens Koch, although considered formally to be a rationalist architect and designer, exudes minimalism throughout many of his designs. A follower and contemporary of master cabinet maker Kaare Klint, Koch’s furniture designs made efficient use of space and purpose while being aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The present lot was designed using as little material as possible, and no detail was left unconsidered. Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre, the modular system could be assembled quickly and the thin lines give a graphic appeal whilst permitting the books and other objects on display to become artworks in their own right.

Design: Living in a Material World

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