Niels Joergen Haugesen: Innovative Furniture Designer
Niels Joergen Haugesen has collaborated with Frederica Furniture since 2002. The Distance sofa, which is the fruit of this collaboration, was named so because of the distance that separates the neck from the back support. Before they settled on this name, the sofa manufacturer and Niels Joergen had a long discussion trying to come with the most appropriate name.
The unique name took Niels Joergen back to the drawing bo
ard, as he wanted the design to adequately match its name and be as unique as possible from other designs in the market presently. Niels says that he likes his furniture to have identities that people can easily relate to.
In his designs, Niels Joergen has the ability of combining the past with the present, making his designs uniquely distinct. The constructive ideas that he incorporates in his designs always give them that kind of serene form in addition to function. While starting out on his design works, Niels more often than not adapts his constructive starting position to the aesthetic and functional aspects.
Out of this combination, he manages to come up with outstanding and sophisticated designs. The Haugesen table that won the Danish ID Design Award combined a number of functionalities. The final outcome was a masterpiece of clever engineering work combined with an aesthetic feel.
The table was designed with two fold extensions in addition to the metal construction that gave it a classy finish. These features have been placed at the bottom of the table making it able to efficiently perform its function. The Haugesen table measures approximately one hundred and eighty nine by ninety two centimetres when folded, and three hundred and five centimetres by ninety two centimetres when stretched out.
The Haugesen table comes in different varieties for example maple, walnut and oak. A quick look at this designer’s biography shows that he finished his cabinet makers’ apprenticeship in nineteen fifty six. Six years later, he graduated with a degree in furniture design from the college of arts and design.
After his graduation from college, he was employed by Arne Jacobsen who was a professor of architecture. From nineteen sixty six to nineteen seventy one, Niels Joergen became associated with the exhibition of a furniture shape at the renowned Danish College of Art.
Niels managed to open his own studio in nineteen seventy one. Between nineteen eighty to nineteen ninety five he constantly worked in collaboration with another renowned architect and designer by the name of Gunvor Haugesen.
This collaboration saw the design and production of some of the most outstanding furniture designs ever. He won the first prize during the Danish Forest Association’s Furniture Competition that was held in nineteen eighty seven.
He won several awards between nineteen eighty eight to nineteen ninety six. He has also won the states Artfund’s award for a lifetime contribution in the field of arts. Niels is a highly respected designer in his native home, which is in Denmark. His works adorn several homes across the world.