by Lassen is a Danish design company. They work with various designers, including two of Denmark’s greatest architects: Mogens Lassen and Flemming Lassen. The Lassen brothers were extremely talented and were honored with many awards and grants for their unique designs and iconic architecture. by Lassen’s mission is to continue the tradition of good design. Because good design lives on in new generations.
THE LASSEN BROTHERS
For brothers Mogens Lassen (1901-1987) and Flemming Lassen (1902-1984), there was never any doubt that they would become architects. They were born into an artistic family and the ability to create came to them naturally. While other neighbourhood boys played with toy cars, the brothers spent their time surveying buildings and sketching them. They were born to be architects and they both took on their roles with pride.
Their enthusiasm spread beyond their brotherly partnership, and their passion for their future profession emanated to their classmates at the boarding school in Nærum which the brothers attended along with their good friend Arne Jacobsen. They even convinced him to become an architect, and since he would otherwise have become an artist, the brothers later received a letter of thanks from Arne Jacobsen’s father.
Although the final goal of becoming recognised architects was crystal clear for both Mogens and Flemming Lassen, the path to reach that goal was not without obstacles. Mogens Lassen had dyslexia, and he longed to begin his career as an architect. Money was also tight, and both brothers would find themselves taking an alternate route to architecture rather than graduation from the Royal Academy. But their talent was profound and both of them would secure apprenticeships that rapidly brought them renown. Later, both Mogens and Flemming Lassen would achieve great honours, gain acceptance in the academic architect circles, and garner a lifelong wealth of awards and recognition for their work within design and architecture.
Architect Mogens Lassen (1901-1987) is among the greatest and most influential of Danish architects, a pioneer of Danish Functionalism, and is internationally renowned for his characteristic architecture. Mogens Lassen was inspired by the German design school Bauhaus, and its geometric shapes recur often in his iconic designs.
Architect Flemming Lassen (1902-1984) was a Modernist and part of the movement that brought Functionalism to Denmark. Flemming Lassen is particularly well known for his work with Arne Jacobsen on the award-winning House of the Future and Søllerød Town Hall, and his furniture has also achieved international recognition.
LIFE AS ARCHITECTS
The Lassen brothers were among the first architects to work with Functionalism in Denmark. The style became a defining characteristic, especially for Mogens Lassen, and he was clearly ahead of his time in the way that he perceived buildings and designs. His architecture featured square shapes and unique arches, large windows and open kitchens as we know them today.
Both Mogens and Flemming Lassen kept their own studios where they ran their businesses and participated in competitions with their unique designs. For many years, Flemming Lassen also worked with Arne Jacobsen, and together they designed the award-winning Søllerød Town Hall and won an exhibition at the Forum with their 'House of the Future’.
Through their design and architecture the Lassen brothers broke with petit-bourgeois conventions, and this approach was even reflected in their own families. They were very modern and relaxed compared with other people, and children loved to come to visit the Lassen families where there was no need to use 'Sir' and 'Ma'am', or to bow or curtsey. There were parties and fun, and countless guests and exciting personalities from the worlds of art and architecture, such as Arne Jacobsen, the Wanscher family and Karen Blixen.
HISTORY OF KUBUS
Mogens Lassen actually worked on the Kubus candlestick for a long time before arriving at the shape we know today in 1962. The Kubus stood unadorned on his desk while he brainstormed its future development.
Mogens Lassen may have been dyslexic, but his sense of proportion and mathematics were flawless: Each individual Kubus candlestick is made with exactitude and the relationship between the sides calculated with great precision. Absolutely nothing has been left to chance. The collection developed into a mathematical series of candlesticks topped with candleholders.
Mogens Lassen was like a playful child who loved to experiment with new shapes and functions. Throughout his entire life, he kept a small steam engine on his desk which he would activate when his work came to a standstill – and it would generate new ideas and enable him to forge ahead. He was always filled with a fascination for mechanics and the way things worked and fit together.
In 1962 the local craftsmen in Ordrup had completed the very first Kubus 8 candlesticks. The famed furrier family of Birger Christensen had purchased one of them, and they were so pleased with the look of the Kubus that they invited friends to dinner to show it off. Finn Juhl and Mogens Lassen’s daughter and son-in-law were also present that evening. The Kubus 8 was a work of art that had been highly anticipated, and in the middle of the dinner table, the piece was unveiled as an opening night theatre curtain was swept aside. And such was the case with Mogens Lassen’s designs. They were admired as true works of art.
The Kubus products were not put into production, but were reserved for the family, for good friends and close architect colleagues. Today, the Kubus candlesticks are made by skilled artisans in Holstebro, and thus represent true Danish craftsmanship.
With his sharp sense for contemporary Functionalism, Mogens Lassen designed the iconic Kubus candlesticks. Since that time, Kubus has achieved the status of modern international design icon among architects and design connoisseurs the world over.
KUBUS JOINED BY NEW DESIGNS
by Lassen is a Danish design company founded in 2008 by the third and fourth generations of the Lassen family and is today owned by Søren Lassen, the grandson of Mogens Lassen. The company was formed with the aim of bringing the designs of visionary architect Mogens Lassen back into public consciousness. Later the designs of his brother Flemming Lassen, another of Denmark’s great functionalist architects, were added to the collection, followed by those of an internal by Lassen design team.
Our mission is to promote good design, whether historical or contemporary. This is why we regularly comb the archives, drawers and cupboards to source inspiration for furniture and accessories designed by Mogens and Flemming Lassen that may not previously have been put into production. New icons waiting in the wings for their turn in the limelight.
We are honoured to act as the caretakers of such an important legacy and are committed to developing a collection that has complete respect for the original designs. The manufacturing process must convey the same love that went into the creation of the products. We make our very best efforts to stay true to the original vision by finding the correct materials and producing them as locally as possible. In this way, we aim to ensure that exceptional new and rediscovered designs continue to live on through new generations.