Mid-Century modern scandinavian bookcase model MK40880 by Mogens Koch. Depth 27,5 cm.

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The MK40880 bookcase by Mogens Koch is an expression of Koch’s desire to develop a straightforward, universal solution to the challenge of everyday storage. Koch began work on the design in 1928 and completed it in 1932. The MK Bookcase System was the first modular system of its kind and remains in demand many decades later. The exceptionally flexible system of square bookcases features an extensive range of modular elements. Its classic, six-section unit, which can be set up so that the sections are either wide or tall depending on what contents they will contain, is a brilliant construction in its own right. Minimalist and considered in every detail, each unit features beautiful dovetail and rabbet joints that lend them strength and stability. The MK40880 bookcase unit is available in solid wood of either oak or walnut. The unit can be wall-mounted or free standing. As with most of the MK Bookcase System units, the MK40880 bookcase can be customized with additional shelves and trays. Visit the MK Bookcase System. Price indicated for the soaped oak version. Lacquered walnut: + 783 euros. Other finishes, contact us.

Year 1932
Condition New. On demand. Delivery time 6 weeks.
Dimensions H : 76 cm. L : 76 cm. D : 27,5 cm.
Material Oak or walnut.
Style Classique
Origin Denmark.
Fournisseur Carl Hansen & Søn

Mogens Koch

Danemark (1898 – 1992 )

Mogens Koch, who is especially known for his furniture classics such as the bookcase system and the Folding programme, worked with Kaare Klint in 1925-30, and was professor at Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole in Copenhagen in 1950-68. Mogens Koch's furniture design forms part of some of the most elegant and important solutions in terms of meeting the requirements to comfort, function and aesthetics and his furniture has been key to Rud. Rasmussen's production since 1932.

Mogens Koch worked within all aspects of architecture - housing plans, houses, monuments, furniture, textiles, silver and writing. Mogens Koch's works include only few objects but they are all essential, original and sometimes courageous or daring. There has always been special interaction between Mogens Koch's own life and the furniture he designed. None of them came into existence as artistic manifestos but arose from a given assignment and were created for a particular purpose. Thus, his bookcase was at first designed for his private home in Hulgårdsvej near Bellahøj in Copenhagen.

The small rooms in people's houses required a flexible bookcase or cabinet and in 1928 he drew the first sketches for the square bookcase which in the relatively small module of 76 cm x 76 cm provided great and varied functional usage.

Koch was awarded numerous honorable prizes - amongst others the Eckersberg Medal (1938), the C. F. Hansen Medal (1963) and the ID Prize (1992)