Unique rectangular coffee table

Acton Bjørn 1910-1992


Unique rectangular coffee table. Brass top with moulded edges rests upon square Cuban mahogany legs including brass shoes with wavy lines. Legs connected by decorative stretchers.

Manufactured by master cabinetmaker Jacob Kjær 1940´s

Provenance:
Baron Mogens Wedell-Wedellsborg’s (1899-1976) residence, Skovgårdsvej 65 in Charlottenlund just north of Copenhagen, Denmark.

History:
In 1940 Baron Mogens Wedell-Wedellsborg acquired the residence on Skovgårdsvej. Before moving in he had a number of changes made. The remodelling was managed by architect Acton Bjørn who also designed a number of pieces of furniture for Wedell-Wedellsborg’s new home including this brass and Cuban mahogany coffee table. The above has been confirmed by the widow of Acton Bjørn.

Literature:
‘Smukke Hjem i Danmark og Udlandet’, ed. S. A. Arboe and Gunhild Gantzel, 1944, p. 41, 55 and 88.

The table is pictured in the hall of the Skovgårdsvej villa and referred to on page 55.

Year 1940´s
Artist Acton Bjørn 1910-1992
Price Price on request
Materials Mahogany and brass
Height 48 cm
Width 91 cm
Depth 65 cm

The story behind

Acton Bjørn (1910-1992) was a Danish architect and designer.

Bjørn went to the Technical Society’s School 1926-30 and graduated as a carpenter in 1931 and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Architecture in 1933. He then participated in the construction of the residential building Blidah Park in Hellerup together with Ivar Bentsen and Jørgen Berg. He was also employed in surveying work for the Royal Danish Garden Society and as an employee of architect Vilhelm Lauritzen.

During World War II, he began to draw i.a. furniture and wallpaper. In 1947, he was employed for six months at Vattenbyggnadsbyrån (VBB) in Stockholm with a view to controlling the installation of Malene Bjørn’s fitting of two Boeing aircraft for SAS in the United States.

Later, together with Sigvard Bernadotte, he established (1950) the first Scandinavian design studio dedicated to industrial design. Berndotte & Bjørn became known for products in metal and plastic in many areas, but they became especially known for the Margrethe bowl, produced by Rosti from 1955 and exported to most of the world. Internationally, Bernadotte & Bjørn also became known for the design of typewriters and calculators for the manufacturers Facit, Original-Odhner and Contex. From 1966 to 1990, Acton Bjørn ran the design studio alone.

He received numerous awards: Gold Medal at the California State Fair for Design; honorary award from the 2nd Allgemeine Produktschau, Vienna 1966; gold medal at the 2nd Biennial for Industrial Design, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia 1966, Eurostar 1961 Denmark (2 times), 1963 Germany, 1968 France and packaging-Oskar 1968 France and packaging-World Star 1970 France.

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