The spirited design story behind by Lassen

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The Kubus candleholder was designed by Mogens Lassen in 1962.

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The Matchbox Cover is one of by Lassen's newer designs.

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The Liinus wallpaper was originally designed in 1937 by Flemming Lassen, but first saw the light this September.

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The Saxe folding chair (left) together with The Tired Man chair.

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Published
02.10.2015

Mogens Lassen is responsible for one of the most iconic Danish designs of the twentieth century: the Kubus candleholder. The candleholder underwent thorough development before Lassen arrived at the final shape and passed over the design to local craftsmen in the city of Ordrup to create the very first Kubus 8 candleholder in 1962.

Decades later in 2008, the Danish design company by Lassen was established, focused on the designs of two of Denmark’s greatest architects: Mogens Lassen and his brother Flemming Lassen. The Kubus candleholder and the famous armchair ‘The Tired Man’, which holds the record as Denmark’s most expensive chair ever sold at auction, designed in 1935 by Flemming Lassen, both bear witness to the extraordinary vision held by the two architect brothers.

Being originally renowned mostly for the Kubus candleholder, today by Lassen’s designs cover a wide range of interior products and home accessories. Besides owning the rights to the creations of Mogens and Flemming Lassen, by Lassen also carries the Lassen legacy forwards with new designs that continue to focus on longevity, functionality and aesthetics.

by Lassen was founded by the third and fourth generations of the Lassen family, and is today owned by the grandson of Mogens Lassen, Søren Lassen, and the great-granddaughter of Mogens Lassen, Nadia Lassen, and Peter Østerberg.Together with their team of employees, including an internal design team, they have searched the archives to source inspiration from ‘lost’ pieces that were designed by Mogens and Flemming Lassen but perhaps never put into production.

“It is a great honour to act as the caretakers of such an important legacy, and we carry forwards this legacy with respect for the original line. The manufacturing process must convey the same affection that went into the creation of the products, and it is crucial to stay true to the original”, says Nadia Lassen, co-founder and director of by Lassen.

Some of the newer designs from by Lassen include the Matchbox Cover, which was inspired by the shapes of the Kubus candleholder. Also, as a tribute to the original ideals of cosiness, aesthetics and attention to fine, everyday detail, the design of the Matchbox Cover follows in the slipstream of a trend that simultaneously points both backwards and forwards in time.

by Lassen embraces both new and longstanding designs; for instance, one older design that has just been launched is the Liinus wallpaper, which resaw the light this September. Designed by Flemming Lassen in 1937 and with its motif universe of wavy, graphically overlapping lines, the Liinus wallpaper balances the tension between a calm and harmonic background and a slightly vibrating, lively surface.

Now being produced by by Lassen to mark the 60th anniversary of its design, the Saxe folding chair is a folding chair full of character and designed in 1955 by Mogens Lassen. Designed for The Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Competition, the Saxe folding chair was originally made by the master joiner A.J. Iversen. It is a design that, in the same way as the Kubus candleholder, proves that good design lives through the generations.

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