Chris­ten Pears talks to us about her pas­sion for pieces by the Dan­ish mid­cen­tury de­signer Børge Mo­gensen

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What is it that you love about de­signs by Børge Mo­gensen?

The ! rst Mo­gensen piece I bought was the 2213 sofa for the liv­ing room a "er we ren­o­vated our house a cou­ple of years ago. I ! rst be­came aware of Mo­gensen’s work through read­ing de­sign books and mag­a­zines. It was prob­a­bly the 1958 Span­ish chair that caught my eye ini­tially be­cause it’s such a bold, rus­tic de­sign.

I love the com­bi­na­tion of beauty and func­tion­al­ity in Mo­gensen’s de­signs. I’m keen on other Dan­ish de­sign­ers and have fur­ni­ture by Hans Weg­ner and Arne Ja­cob­sen, but Mo­gensen’s pieces re­ally ex­cite me – his aes­thetic seems to suit our house per­fectly.

What’s your favourite of his pieces that you own?

If pressed, I’d have to say the 2213 sofa be­cause I spend the most time on it. I’d love a Hunt­ing chair, a Hunt­ing ta­ble and one of his cab­i­nets for FDB Møbler to match my book­cases.

Where are your key places to buy mid- cen­tury fur­ni­ture?

I tend to buy vin­tage pieces be­cause I like their patina and char­ac­ter. A lot of my fur­ni­ture is from Pa­mono be­cause it gives you ac­cess to rep­utable in­ter­na­tional sell­ers and the de­liv­ery is very rea­son­able, which is a ma­jor con­sid­er­a­tion when you live in Corn­wall. I’ve also had some great bar­gains on eBay. Al­ways buy from a trusted seller to en­sure the piece is au­then­tic – there are a lot of fakes and copies on the mar­ket. Con­di­tion is also an is­sue – vin­tage pieces will nat­u­rally have some wear and tear, so you have to de­cide what is ac­cept­able to you. Ask ques­tions, look at pho­to­graphs and if there’s any doubt, don’t buy it.

What sorts of prices can you ex­pect to pay?

I won’t lie – mid- cen­tury fur­ni­ture can be ex­pen­sive. The most I’ve paid is al­most £7,000 for my sofa but, as with all of this fur­ni­ture, it’s built to last and, if you look a "er it, it will con­tinue for many years to come. De­pend­ing on what you’re a "er, you can pick up pieces quite rea­son­ably. I bought a vin­tage Mo­gensen Wind­sor chair from eBay for £150, and the Shaker din­ing ta­ble and J39 chairs in the barn were also very rea­son­able eBay ! nds. If you pre­fer new pieces, Hay now pro­duces Mo­gensen’s J41 chair from £ 225 and J42 chair from £ 275.

LEFT The arm­chairs in the li­brary of Chris­ten’s barn are Børge Mo­gensen’s Span­ish chair and Hans Weg­ner’s GE 290 chairs for Ge­tama. RIGHT Børge Mo­gensen’s Shaker din­ing ta­ble and J39 chairs in the barn.BE­LOW Mo­gensen’s iconic Span­ish chair costs from £2,850 at Pa­mono.

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