Jensen changed the face of Danish in the late 20th century.
Jacob Jensen, the designer credited with shaping the iconic, sleek and simple Bang & Olufsen look, has died. According to local news agency Ritzau, Jensen passed away on Friday, at the age of 89.
Legendary designer Jacob Jensen passed away. His work (for B&O, …) made Danish design appreciated around the globe. pic.twitter.com/JDFfZdABj2— Aaron Abentheuer (@aaronabentheuer) May 16, 2015
The designer was part of a creative quartet, alongside Arne Jacobsen, Georg Jensen and Poul Henningsen. Together, they re-shaped Danish modern design, by reimagining everyday objects, such as chairs, clocks, tableware and light fittings.
Throughout the second half of the 20th century, their designs have been recognised in stores, homes and museums across the world. The pieces drew from the Bauhaus and Art Deco movements to create elegant, functional pieces such as Jacobsen's famous Egg Chair, Henningsen's UFO-shaped PH Lamps and the silverware of Georg Jensen, considered one of the most revolutionary silversmiths of the 20th century.
Jensen first began collaborating with Bang & Olufsen in the 1960s, crafting a look characterized by clean, flat surfaces with minimal protrusions such as buttons and switches.
The technical quality of B&O record players, speakers and television sets was also considered superior and they were soon a must in wealthy households in the United States.
His designs have been exhibited in some of the world’s most prestigious art house, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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