Ejner Larsen & Axel Bender Madsen


Furniture designers Ejner Larsen (1917-1987) and Aksel Bender Madsen (1916-2000) both graduated from Denmark’s School of Art and Design (Kunsthåndværkerskolens Møbelskole) in 1940. In 1947 the duo established their own design studio where they, during the first years, only spent their evenings designing furniture, while they in the daytime worked for the City Architect in Copenhagen. The same year as they established their studio Bender Madsen and Larsen presented their works made by cabinetmaker Willy Beck at the Cabinetmakers Guild's exhibition in Copenhagen, where they con-tinued to participate year after year, working with Beck for a total of 25 years.

Ejner Larsen & Aksel Bender Madsen primarily used teak and rose-wood for their furniture designs, which was represented at numerous exhibitions at home in Denmark and abroad. Besides being known for their sculptural chair designs, they also designed living rooms, bed-rooms, shelving, dining tables, and office furniture.

Before starting his studio with Ejner Larsen, Bender Madsen also col-laborated with Kaare Klint and Arne Jacobsen until 1943.