Scan Magazine, Issue 111, April 2018

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Scan Magazine  |  Design Profile  |  by Lassen

by Lassen’s Kubus series is undisputedly one of Denmark’s most successful new old designs.

Continuing the legacy of two of Denmark’s greatest architects Natural experts in aesthetics and functionality, the Lassen brothers continue to fascinate new generations with their designs and ideas long after their death. With the designs of the two architects, by Lassen has created some of Denmark’s most iconic new old designs. By Signe Hansen  |  Photos: by Lassen

Ever since the Lassen brothers were children, they seemed born to become architects. While other boys would play with toy cars, the brothers spent their time surveying and sketching buildings. But though the final goal of becoming architects was always crystal clear, the brothers’ path was not without obstacles. Mogens Lassen had dyslexia, and money was tight; thus both brothers would find themselves taking alternate routes to architecture, rather than through the Royal Danish Academy. Still, their design and simple aesthetic and functionality 14  |  Issue 111  |  April 2018

brought them to the top of the world of architecture. “Our design DNA is firmly rooted in the Lassen brothers’ legacy; it’s a huge and challenging but extremely interesting legacy to have to carry on. Our mantra is that everything we do should be done the way Mogens or Flemming Lassen would have done it,” says Søren Lassen, the grandson of Mogens Lassen and by Lassen’s owner. “This approach has, for instance, resulted in our newly released Lassen chair, which is heavily inspired by

a sketch by Flemming Lassen from 1940, but finished by new young designers.” This approach is also reflected in by Lassen’s new Kubus Vase Lolo. Released in connection with the brand’s tenth anniversary this year, the vase was designed by Søren Lassen in line with the characteristic design of the Kubus series by Mogens Lassen.

Developing the legacy Designed by Mogens Lassen in 1962, the characteristic, square Kubus candleholder was originally only produced in small numbers for the architect’s close friends and family. However, in the ‘80s, the candleholder was put back into production by Søren Lassen, and today it is one of the most iconic modern Danish design successes. The candleholder perfectly

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