Mobilia no. 250, May 1976. The International Design Conference In Aspen 1976: Exploring Change; Milton Glaser Cover.

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Mobilia no. 250
May 1976

Per Mollerup [Editor]

Per Mollerup [Editor]: Mobilia no. 250. Snekkersten, Denmark: Mobilia, May 1976. Original edition. Text in Danish, English, German and French. Perfect bound and side stapled wrappers. Unpaginated. Multiple paper stocks. Fully illustrated articles in black and white and some color. Period furniture advertisements. Wrappers light worn but a very good or better copy. Cover design by Milton Glaser.

10.25 x 10.18 magazine with fully illustrated articles and period furniture advertisements. The editors described their magazine thus: “Mobilia is an international subscription periodical for furniture, art, handicraft, etc. Mobilia is published in two issues, one of them in Danish and English, and the other one in Swedish and German, the text having been translated as a whole. Mobilia is issued to all members of Møbelfabrikantforeningen i Danmark [The Association of Danish Furniture manufacturers], of Møbelhandlernes Centralforening i Danmark [The Association of Furniture Dealers in Denmark], and of Indendørs Arkitekt Foreningen [The Association of Interior Architects]; in Sweden a collective subscription has been taken by Sveriges Möbelindustriförbund [The Association of Swedish Furniture Manufacturers]. “

  • Aspen: George Nelson. 6 page introduction.
  • The International Design Conference In Aspen 1976: Exploring Change. 6 pages fully illustrated in black and white.
  • Aspen Memorabilia: Gilles De Bure. 8 pages fully illustrated in black and white.
  • Change?  13 pages fully illustrated in black and white.
  • From a Cabinetmaker’s Notebook: James Krenow. 16 pages fully illustrated in black and white.

Features work by Rudi Gernreich, Gerd Stern, Paul Friedberg, Kay Fisker, Mogens Koch, Kaj Gottlob, Fritz Schegel, Kay Bojensen, Ole Wanscher, Erik Magnussen, and others.

Includes advertising work by Fritz Hansen Eft., Johannes Hansen, Georg Jensen, Bang & Olufsen, Erik Jørgensen, Royal Copenhagen Porcelain, Frederica Stolefabrik, Gabriel, Stelton, Arne Jacobsen, Hans J. Wegner, Knud Holscher, Børge Mogensen, International Møbelmesse Valencia, Interfurn ’77, Salora, Ligna, and more.

In 1954 the four Scandinavian countries, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland arranged what proved to be the most important marketing effort ever for Scandinavian design—the monumental exhibition Design in Scandinavia. From 1954 to 1957 Design in Scandinavia toured the United States and Canada. The exhibition was presented in 27 cities, and it was a huge success, initiated by The Danish Society of Arts and Crafts and its sister organizations in the other participating countries.

Based on the success the four countries established what they called the Scandinavian Design Cavalcade, which had a lot of US press coverage as well. In that connection the July 1959 issue of House Beautiful was centered around The Scandinavian Look in U.S. Homes, and it was Denmark and Danish Design in particular that the magazine focussed on. Besides the editorial pages, the numerous ads illustrates that Danish modern furniture was increasingly gaining a stronghold among certain groups of American consumers.

Importers and retail chains like John Stuart Inc., George Tanier, Raymor and Dunbar etc. now sold Danish modern furniture in the US, and by now it was not only hand crafted furniture from the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibitions but also pieces from industrial furniture producers like Fritz Hansen, Søborg Møbelfabrik, Fredericia Furniture and many others. From the end of the 1950s Danish Department stores and other retailers produced comprehensive brochures and booklets in English with prices in US Dollars presenting Danish Design to American and other tourists.

Without exception, these stores all presented the narrative of Danish modern. “Denmark is known all over the world for its exquisite home furnishing, which are characterized by their outstanding design and superb craftsmanship” the department store Magasin claimed in its brochure “Danish Design.”