Bookcase - or the Bookcase system - designed by Mogens Koch is an icon today for design lovers worldwide. Unique craftsmanship, fine details and timeless design also appeal to new generations appreciating the quality and flexibility provided by the system. Mogens Koch started designing the bookcase... More
Bookcase - or the Bookcase system - designed by Mogens Koch is an icon today for design lovers worldwide. Unique craftsmanship, fine details and timeless design also appeal to new generations appreciating the quality and flexibility provided by the system. Mogens Koch started designing the bookcase in 1928 with the first sketches for the modular bookcase system. Rud. Rasmussen produced the first prototype in 1930, and the bookcase was put into production in 1932.
The bookcase designed by Mogens Koch has thus been produced continuously for more than 75 years at Rud. Rasmussen. The workshop has refined the industrial craftsmanship where the units are made of solid wood in very thin dimensions by skilled cabinet makers who use the traditional dovetail joints and rabbet joints to provide high strength and stability of each individual bookcase system.
"There was a shop in London with a shag pipe in the window display - "the World's best Pipe" - and then this silly person entered the shop and asked to see their collection. No, they had "the Worlds bestâ€¦", why there was no reason to offer anything inferior ." This is quote from Mogens Koch. Whether he meant his own bookcase system - in a figurative sense - that is not on record. But it is claimed that the bookcase is the most copied bookcase in the world - and there is probably some truth in it.
When Mogens Koch made the first drawings for his now renowned bookcase system in 1928 the idea of a simple, modular storage system was ground breaking. After the bookcase system was put into production in 1932, he still designed new types of units for: his cabinet, deep bookcase, display cabinet, cabinet for drawings, 1/2 and 2/3 units that meet any storage need. Mogens Koch has a holistic way of thinking and he therefore designed a frame system and sofa units that can be integrated with the bookcase system.
The basis unit of the bookcase system designed by Mogens Koch is 76 cm x 76 cm x 27.5 cm or 36 cm (D).
The units can be placed on bases or they can be wall hung. All fixed partitions and shelves are rabbeted and the units are provided with English dovetail joints in the corners. The back cover is fitted with approx. 26 screws. The structure has a great bearing strength.
Bookcase system, designed by Mogens Koch, in seven (solid) woods: oak, ash, mahogany, Oregonpine, European cherry, teak and pine. Most of the wood is lacquered, except for light oak which is wax-treated, and teak which is oil-treated. Lacquered and oil-treated mahogany and European cherry is available.