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About Jacob Jensen

Jacob Jensen in 2006. He started his own firm in 1958. CreditJacob Jensen Design

Jacob Jensen (29 April 1926 – 15 May 2015) was a Danish industrial designer, best known for his work with Bang and Olufsen.

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.


About Jacob Jensen (Britannica)

Jacob Jensen's official website.

Jacob Jensen's ability to work with shape was quickly combined with his skill at finding solutions to problems of a technical nature. In 1962 he set up his own drawing office on a hillside sloping down to the Limfjord in North Jutland.

It is from here he derives inspiration for his severe, horizontal, minimalist idiom, in which the characteristic qualities of Danish neo-classicism can be discerned in shape and colour. This applies especially to his many works for the electronics firm of Bang & Olufsen (music system), the success of which is to a great extent dependent on the design types developed by Jacob Jensen in the 1960s.

Mirjam Gelfer-Jørgensen, Gyldendal Leksikon (Source: Denmark)

Jacob and his son Timothy Jacob Jensen

Examples of Jacob Jensen's work

Bang &Olufsen Beogram 4000, 1972

B&O BeoVox 2500 Speakers, 1967

Rosti Margrethe Bowl, 1950

JO-JO Cable Reel, 1983

Standard Electric Kirk 76E phone from 1972


Jacob Jensen, designer in Danish modern style, dies at 89. The New York Times

Interview with Jacob Jensen An Interview Conducted by Frederik Nebeker, Center for the History of Electrical Engineering, 23 July 1996

Jacob Jensen, product designer 1926-2015 - The Financial Times

Danish Design Icon Jacob Jensen dies The Architectural Review

Jacob Jensen products

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