Life and career
Jensen was born in the Vesterbro area of Copenhagen in 1926. He left school after the seventh grade and completed training as an upholsterer. In 1947 he began working in his father's shop where he first started to design furniture.
Jensen was accepted into the School of Arts and Craft (Danmarks Designskole) in the furniture division in 1948. During his time there, Jørn Utzon initiated a revolutionary program called "Industrial Design" whose focus was on mass produced objects for everyday use. Jensen was the first student to graduate under this new subject in 1952.
Jensen started his professional career for Bernadotte and Bjørn, the first industrial design drawing office in Denmark (1954–1959). His professional relationship with Bang & Olufsen (B&O) began in 1965 and continued until 1991, where he functioned as designer and strategy advisor. Jensen is credited with developing the B&O form language which is still used today.
Many of Jensen's designs have found homes in permanent design collections at museums around the world.
Since 1958 Jensen has worked out of his own independent drawing office, which moved to its present location in central Jutland in 1962. The company is now run by Timothy Jacob Jensen with Jensen working as a senior advisor. Jensen died at the age of 89 on 15 May 2015.
Design for Sound exhibition
"Bang and Olufsen - Design for Sound by Jacob Jensen" was an exhibit at the MoMA in New York in 1978. The exhibit consisted of 28 audio products, 15 of which now belong to the MoMA's permanent collection. At the time, the museum had only three times previously arranged solo exhibitions.
Examples of Jensen's work
- Olesen, Christian Holmsted (2004). Jacob Jensen, p. 8-10. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen. ISBN 87-11-23107-6.
- "Bang & Olufsen Designer - Jacob Jensen". BeoWorld. 2007-04-02. Retrieved 2011-05-24.
- "Jacob Jensen - Awards and Exhibitions". Beophile.com. Retrieved 2011-05-24.
- "Designstjernen Jacob Jensen er død" (in Danish). Jyllandsposten. 2015-05-16. Retrieved 2015-05-16.
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- "Design for Sound by Jacob Jensen Exhibition". BeoWorld. 2007-01-24. Retrieved 2011-05-31.
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