Spotlight on Mogens Kold one of Denmark’s top mid-century furniture makers
The Kold family set up a sawmill in 1914 , and by 1925 under Martin Kold they had the largest hardwood sawmill in Denmark . In 1950 Martin’s son Mogens established Mogens Kold Mobelfabrik just as Danish designers were becoming well known outside Denmark , and when there was an abundance of properly trained craftsmen who could produce pieces of the highest quality . After a fire they moved to larger premises and concentrated on the burgeoning export market for beautifully designed Danish furniture in the US , UK and Europe . By the time Mogens handed over the business to his son Soren in 1986 international sales were plummeting and the business like so many such companies didn’t survive much longer .
In the UK Danish contemporary furniture was its most popular from around 1957 to 1968 , and Mogens Kold along with France + Son was one of the most successful suppliers of quality furniture to the UK market . Most of the pieces we see in the UK today will have been bought new by well off British buyers at a time when the British economy was at it’s strongest . The devaluation of the £ in 1967 by 14% along with an economic downturn will have affected sales considerably as would income tax rises for those on higher earnings .
We’ve just bought a Mogens Kold sideboard and dining chairs from the family of the original owners who bought them new in around 1963/64 . The sideboard is 183cms long and is a model that we haven’t found on a google picture search , so it must be quite rare . 183cms is exactly 6ft , which is a size that would indicate that it was made for the British or American market as it’s not a Danish size .
Mogens Kold labels from the 1960s are really nice , but they’re often to be found underneath cabinets and not are always noticeable . Not all their pieces are labelled , the chairs that came with the sideboard weren’t . Some high-end retailers didn’t like to sell pieces that were labelled with makers names back in the 1960s . Prior to the early 1960s their pieces were usually stamped .
Mogens Kold used a number of designers , the most prolific being Arne Hovmand-Olsen . Rud Thygesen , Ole Gjerlov-Knudsen , Adrian Heath and Leif Alring also designed regularly for them , and apparently Nanna Ditzel and Ib Kofod-Larsen are known to have worked for them .
We’re always looking to buy Mogens Kold pieces as they’re always beautifully made with nice quality detailing using really good timbers and veneers . As with all the best quality pieces we source from the 1950s and 1960s marks are usually easy to remove .