Niels Joergen Haugesen – Danish Furniture Designer

Posted on 25th August 2011 in Danish Furniture Designers

Niels Joergen Haugesen
– Born in 1936 in Vivild, Denmark, he was trained as a cabinet maker and in 1956 graduated with a degree in furniture design from the College of Arts and Design. Eventually he began to work with the architect Arne Jacobsen in Copenhagen in 1966 until 1971. This time would serve to influence his future designs.

Working as a teacher at Denmark’s Design School, he opened his own design studio in 1971. From 1980 to 1995 he collaborated with the architect Gunvor Haugesen.

Recognized for his modern furniture designs and attention to detail he was awarded the Danish ID Design Award for the “Haugesen Table” in 1986. The table was designed with two extensions that allowed for the modern furniture piece to be folded into a compact form with a variety of wood tops available including oak, walnut and maple.

He also won the Danish ID Design Award for the X-line chair in 1987 that which was produced in 2000. So named because no matter what angle the chair is viewed the minimalist metal frame is perceived to form an “X” shape.

Another design that he received critical acclaim for is the Nimbus Table System that combines five distinctly separate table tops to create one single table top. With a series of five different permutations of this experimenting with different colors and types of woods it allowed for the design of bigger tables celebrating and  viewing each piece individually while admiring the whole.

With a strict adherence to the modern furniture design that less is more, in the Xylofon collection it entails the crisscrossing of metal and wood,  usually using teak for the seats.

In 1996 he won the Danish Furniture Award and in 1997 he won first prize in the Danish Forest Association’s Furniture Competition ultimately receiving  in 1998, the Lifelong Artist’s Grant by the Danish State Art Fund.

Frederica Furniture has produced his designs since 2002. One of his more recent productions is the “Distance” sofa so named because of the distance that separates the neck support from the back support making it appear to float above it. The collection included a series of available configurations with an armchair and stool as well.

His works can be viewed at the Danish Museum of Applied Art, Museum of Modern Art in New York and the DK-Copenhagen Arts Decoratif Union Louvre in Paris.

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