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Jacob Jensen (1926–2015)

The industrial designer Jacob Jensen, whose Minimalist style became known as Danish modern, has died, reports Bruce Weber in the New York Times. Jensen started designing regularly for the high-end Danish electronics company Bang & Olufsen in 1964, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York devoted an exhibition to the company’s stereo equipment and Jensen’s work in 1978. A dozen or so of Jensen’s designs are in the museum’s collection.

Born Jakob Jensen in Copenhagen in 1926, Jensen, after leaving school, trained as an upholsterer and designed chairs. He later attended the School of Arts and Crafts, now part of the School of Design of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and graduated in 1952. From then until 1958 he worked for the Copenhagen design firm Bernadotte & Bjorn, where he is credited with creating the Margrethe mixing bowl.

In addition to his work at Bang & Olufsen work, he also started his own company in the 1950s called Jacob Jensen Design. Jensen and his company designed hundreds of products including hearing aids, office chairs, phones, wristwatches, and kitchen hardware. The business now has studios in Shanghai and Bangkok, in addition to its headquarters in northern Denmark.