Aksel Bender Madsen

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Aksel Bender Madsen, often known simply as Bender Madsen, (1916–2000) was a Danish furniture designer who worked closely together with Ejner Larsen producing a wide variety of items during the Danish modern period.


Metropolitan chair designe in 1959 by Ejnar Larsen and Aksel Bender Madsen.

Born on 16 August 1916 in Ringe on the Danish island of Funen, Madsen was the son of farmer Niels Martin Madsen. After training as a cabinetmaker, he attended the Furniture School at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1940. Thereafter he worked with architects Kaare Klint and Arne Jacobsen until 1943.[1]

From 1942, he designed his own models which he exhibited at the annual Cabinetmakers Guild's exhibitions in Copenhagen. While studying at the Academy, he met Ejner Larsen who became his partner. In 1947, they established a design studio together. The same year, they presented works made by cabinetmaker Willy Beck at the Cabinetmakers Guild's exhibition in Copenhagen where they continued to participate year after year, working with Beck for a total of 25 years.[2] In addition to sculptural chair designs, they also designed living rooms, bedrooms, shelving, dining tables, and office furniture. Their most notable work is the Metropolitan Chair, in bent plywood, which was exhibited in 1949 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen from 1952. All their works have a clear, timeless, simple style which continues to please today.[3] In Madsen's own words: "What Ejner Larsen and I have made has always been in line with the principles we learnt from Kaare Klint about what is functional and what is natural. The requirements made set the design."[4]

Madsen also taught at the Danish Design School in Copenhagen from 1946 to 1954.[5]

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  1. ^ A Bender "Madsen A Bender", Kraks Blå Bog 1957. (in Danish) Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Larsen & Bender Madsen", Rud. Rasmussen. (in Danish) Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  3. ^ Gitte Just, "Axel Bender Madsen og Ejner Larsen" Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine., Antik & Auktion, 2 November 2008. (in Danish) Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Axel Bender Madsen & Ejnar Larsen", Fri. (in Danish) Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Axel Bender Madsen", Den Store Danske. (in Danish) Retrieved 13 November 2011.