by Lassen is a Danish design company. We work with various designers, including two of Denmark’s greatest architects: Mogens Lassen and Flemming Lassen. The Lassen brothers were extremely talented and were honored with many awards and grants for their unique designs and iconic architecture. by Lassen’s mission is to continue the tradition of good design. Because good design lives on in new generations.
For brothers Mogens Lassen (1901-1987) and Flemming Lassen (1902-1984), there was never any doubt that they would become architects. They were born into an artistic family and the ability to create came to them naturally. While other neighbourhood boys played with toy cars, the brothers spent their time surveying buildings and sketching them. They were born to be architects and they both took on their roles with pride.
Their enthusiasm spread beyond their brotherly partnership, and their passion for their future profession emanated to their classmates at the boarding school in Nærum which the brothers attended along with their good friend Arne Jacobsen. They even convinced him to become an architect, and since he would otherwise have become an artist, the brothers later received a letter of thanks from Arne Jacobsen’s father.
Although the final goal of becoming recognised architects was crystal clear for both Mogens and Flemming Lassen, the path to reach that goal was not without obstacles. Mogens Lassen had dyslexia, and he longed to begin his career as an architect. Money was also tight, and both brothers would find themselves taking an alternate route to architecture rather than graduation from the Royal Academy. But their talent was profound and both of them would secure apprenticeships that rapidly brought them renown. Later, both Mogens and Flemming Lassen would achieve great honours, gain acceptance in the academic architect circles, and garner a lifelong wealth of awards and recognition for their work within design and architecture.
Architect Mogens Lassen (1901-1987) is among the greatest and most influential of Danish architects, a pioneer of Danish Functionalism, and is internationally renowned for his characteristic architecture. Mogens Lassen was inspired by the German design school Bauhaus, and its geometric shapes recur often in his iconic designs.
Architect Flemming Lassen (1902-1984) was a Modernist and part of the movement that brought Functionalism to Denmark. Flemming Lassen is particularly well known for his work with Arne Jacobsen on the award-winning House of the Future and Søllerød Town Hall, and his furniture has also achieved international recognition.
The Lassen brothers were among the first architects to work with Functionalism in Denmark. The style became a defining characteristic, especially for Mogens Lassen, and he was clearly ahead of his time in the way that he perceived buildings and designs. His architecture featured square shapes and unique arches, large windows and open kitchens as we know them today.
Both Mogens and Flemming Lassen kept their own studios where they ran their businesses and participated in competitions with their unique designs. For many years, Flemming Lassen also worked with Arne Jacobsen, and together they designed the award-winning Søllerød Town Hall and won an exhibition at the Forum with their 'House of the Future’.
Through their design and architecture the Lassen brothers broke with petit-bourgeois conventions, and this approach was even reflected in their own families. They were very modern and relaxed compared with other people, and children loved to come to visit the Lassen families where there was no need to use 'Sir' and 'Ma'am', or to bow or curtsey. There were parties and fun, and countless guests and exciting personalities from the worlds of art and architecture, such as Arne Jacobsen, the Wanscher family and Karen Blixen.