Jacob Jensen

This week's featured designer is credited with creating the form language of Bang & Olufsen as we know it today

Jacob Jensen (b. 29 April 1926 – d. 15 May 2015) was born in the Vesterbro area of Copenhagen. 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 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. His professional relationship with Bang & Olufsen 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.

"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. Since then, many of Jensen's designs have found homes in permanent design collections at museums around the world.

Since 1958 Jensen worked out of his own independent drawing office, which moved to its present location in Hejlskov, Jutland in 1962. In 1990, though he continued to design, he handed the reins of the company to his son, Timothy Jacob Jensen, who as chief executive and chief designer has expanded the company internationally. It now has studios in Shanghai and Bangkok, in addition to its Danish home on the shore of Limfjord in northern Denmark.

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