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Hans Sandgren Jakobsenborn 7 August 1963.



Served my apprenticeship as cabinet-maker at Inventarsnedkeriet, Viby J, Denmark, 1986

Employed as cabinet-maker at Rud. Rasmussens Snedkerier, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1986

and 1987

Student at Denmark’s Designskole (The Danish Design School), Copenhagen, Denmark

1986 – 1990

Employed full-time:

COBO Design, Nagoya, Japan, 1990

Nanna Ditzel´s drawing office, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1991 -1997

Member of:

The design group Spring 1991 – 1996

Design Denmark Dd, 1993 –

Snedkernes Efterårsudstilling 1994 –

Freelance assignments:

VIA, Nevada, USA

Stilling Furniture, Gilleleje, Denmark

EFG Bondo , Rødovre, Denmark

Kohseki, Kyoto, Japan

Askmans Trævarefabrik, Vallensbæk, Denmark

Art Andersen & Copenhagen, Denmark

Fritz Hansen, Allerød, Denmark

Kunstforeningen, Gl. Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark

Fredericia Furniture, Fredericia, Denmark

Arrebo Møbler, Haarby, Denmark

Werner Living, Gislev, Denmark

Qumei Furniture, Beijing, Kina

Furnipart, Århus, Denmark

Bert Krogh. Skanderborg, Denmark

SIS Learning, Middelfart, Denmark

Ansager, Ansager, Denmark

Lightyears, Aarhus, Denmark

Labofa Stole, Skælskør, Denmark

Skagerak, Hadsund, Denmark

Orebo Træindustri, Stenlille, Denmark

Eilersen, Skamby, Denmark

Bernstorffsminde, Stenstrup, Denmark

Actus Interior, Tokyo, Japan

Asahi Wood Processing, Toyohashi, Japan

Flexa4Dreams, Hornsyld, Denmark

Design Nordic, Aarhus, Denmark

Porada, Cabiate, Italy

Five Seasons Furniture, Beijing, China

Sanyei Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

Bred Furniture, Vissenbjerg, Denmark

UNO Koncept, Ishøj, Denmark

RotoBed, Lunderskov, Denmark

Morsø, Nykøbing Mors, Denmark

Naver Collection, Denmark

Highline, Beijing, China

Honorary task:

Judge at The International Furniture Design Competion in Asahikawa, Japan, 2002

Judge at The International Furniture Design Competion in Asahikawa, Japan, 2005

Danish Art Foundation member of the Grants Committee for Arts and Craft 2020-24



Danmarks Design Skole, Cobenhagen, Denmark

Aarhus Arkitektskole, Aarhus, Denmark

Teko, Herning, Denmark


“Le Lin Création ´91”, Musèe des Monumentes, Paris, France, 1991

Haslegården, Århus, Denmark, 1991

Talentbörse Handwerk, Munich, Germany, 1991

Nikolaj Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1991

Ønskemøbler, Århus, Denmark, 1992

Farum Kunstforening, Farum, Denmark, 1992

Gjethuset, Frederiksværk, Denmark, 1993

Forma, Mosede Fort, Denmark, 1993

Gammelgaard, Herlev, Denmark, 1994

Den Frie Udstilling, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1994

Trapholt, Kolding, Denmark, 1995

“Living design in Denmark”, Barcelona and Madrid, Spain, 1995

Gallery Asbæk, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1995

“Blå Fjord”, Frederikssund, Denmark, 1995

“Chair and fabric”, Center for Dansk Kunsthåndværk, Herning, Denmark, 1995

Munkeruphus, Dronningmølle, Denmark, 1996

“Chair at the library”, Grenå, Denmark, 1996

Danish Design & Craft, St. Petersborg, Russia, 1996

“Design Nordic Way”, Scandinavia, 1997

“Eksponent 97”, Herning, Denmark, 1997

”Walk The Plank” Copenhagen, Denmark, 1999

“Living Danish Design”, London, England, 1999

“Generation X”, New York, USA, 2000

“Danes on the move” USA, 2001

”Walk The Plank 2” Copenhagen, Denmark, 2003

”Danish Craft Collection 8” 2004

”Danish Craft Collection 9” 2005

“Made in Denmark”, London 2007

“Møbelkunst & Design” Hobro, Denmark 2007

“Growing materials”, Paris, 2008

“Matières à cultiver” in Lausanne, 2009

“Cabinetmakers Autumn Exhibition” Copenhagen 2009

“Cabinetmakers Autumn Exhibition” Copenhagen 2011

“Cabinetmakers Autumn Exhibition” Copenhagen 2013

“Das Haus” Koelnmesse, Gremany 2014

“Cabinetmakers Autumn Exhibition” Copenhagen 2015

“Learning from Japan” Danish Design Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark 2015

“Cabinetmakers Autumn Exhibition” Maison du Danemark, Paris, France 2016

“Danish Design Now” Danish Design Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark 2016

“Cabinetmakers Autumn Exhibition” Copenhagen 2016

“Genes & Molecules” Grenaa 2017

“Cabinetmakers Autumn Exhibition” Copenhagen 2017

“Cabinetmakers Autumn Exhibition” Copenhagen 2018


Danish Design Museum, Copenhagen

The Museum of Modern Art. New York

Trapholt Kunstmusseum, Kolding

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Holland

Prices and scholarships:

Cabinet-maker with silver medal (the highest category), 1986

The Gurli and Paul Madsen´s memorial scholarship, 1988

Work scholarship, Statens Kunstfond, 1992

Scandinavian Furniture Award 1992, third prize

The Danish National Bank´s jubilee scholarship, 1993

The Danish National Bank´s jubilee scholarship, 1994

Working scholarship, Statens Kunstfond, 1995

“Chair and Fabric”, Center for Dansk Kunsthåndværk, second prize, 1995

The Danish National Bank´s jubilee scholarship, 1996

Elmia Trö competition, Sweden, third prize, 1996

“Bent Krogh award”, honourable mention, 1996

Working scholarship, Designfond, 1996

Working scholarship, Statens Kunstfond, 1997

3 years working scholarship, Statens Kunstfond, 1998

Indistrie Forum Design Hannover – “Viper” nominated 1998

Rote Punkt – highest design quality for “Viper”, 1998

Idea Award, bronze for “Viper”, 1998

Asahi News Paper furniture contest – the first prize to “Wakuden” Chair

The Architectural Review Award for product excellence at Spectrum, London, to “Gallery”

Idea Award, bronce, USA, 1999

The Fosnäs Prize to “Gallery”, 1999, Sweden

Bo bedres “Møbelpris”, Copenhagen, 1999

Good Design Award to “Viper”, G-Mart 99 in Japan

International Interior Design Award to “Gallery”, FX Magazine, London, 1999

California’s Interior Design Association’s product award, “this year’s top twenty

products” USA, 1999

Industrie Forum Design Hannover, “Gallery” er nomineret, 2000

Møbelprisen 2000, Denmark

Good Design Award to “Gallery”, G-Mart 2000 in Japan

Formland prisen, 2008, Denmark

Finn Juhl Arkitekturpris, 2009, Denmark

Working scholarship, Statens Kunstfond, 2010

Rote Punkt – highest design quality for Flexa Baby chair, 2014

German Design Award for Flexa Baby chair, 2015

iF Gold Award for Daisy chair, 2017

iF Design Award for RotoBed. 2019

Study tours:

USA, 1988

USA, 1989

Japan, 1990, 2002, 2005

Barcelona, 1994

Kina, 1999-2009

India 2014, 2012

Vietnam and Cambodia 2017

Extended Curriculum vitae.

After graduating from grammar school in 1982 I started as a cabinet-maker apprentice with the furniture company Inventarsnedkeriet a/s, Århus, Denmark. I got my certificate of completed apprenticeship in March 1986. My test piece of work for finishing my apprenticeship was a writing desk, it was awarded a silver medal (which is the highest category).

In a short period – before starting at Danmarks Designskole, Copenhagen (The Danish Design School) – I worked for the cabinetmaker´s Rud. Rasmussens snedkerier, Copenha­gen.

I started at Danmarks Designskole in August 1986 and graduated as Industrial Designer in May 1990.

In spring 1988 I was awarded a scholarship of DKK 200,000 from The Gurli and Paul Madsen foundation – for studies abroad.

In the summer 1988 I was on a study tour to USA. The main purpose of this tour was to study the Shaker´s craftsmanship – an example of old American tradition for functional simplicity – which I had come acquaintance with through the design school. I was invited to live with the last existing shaker community at Sabbathday Lake in Maine for a period. The rest of the tour I travelled round and studied the many collections and exhibitions which deals with the Shakers and their way of making furniture. I found a lot of inspira­tion in their solutions. I stayed in USA for three months.

Just after graduating from Denmark’s Designskole I went to Japan for the rest of the scholarship money. I worked as a volunteer for the Japanese design company “COBO design” in Nagoya. Through the work I gain an insight into the Japanese design process and I learned a lot about Japanese culture. I stayed in Japan for three months.

In the winter 1989 I joined an experimental interdisciplinary programme for students from Denmark’s Designskole and another design school, two engineering schools and a business school. There where nine groups each working with a project for six months. My group developed an instrument to measure the humidity of wood. I learned a lot about interdisciplinary co-operation and co-ordination through this project.

The positive experiences with interdisciplinary co-operation let to a collaboration with the textile designer Inger Mosholt Nielsen. My degree project from Danmarks Designskole was a chair with a self-supporting polyester fabric developed together with Inger Mosholt Nielsen. In February 1991 I also made a hammock in collaboration with Inger Mosholt Nielsen – to the International Linen Promotion Exhibition in Paris, France. The hammock is made with mahogany lamella like sail sticks to improve the comfort.

In 1991 the design group “Spring” was formed. The group consists of three textile designers from Århus and myself. “Spring” is a source of inspiration for us all. We inspire each other, help each other and we exhibit together.

In 1991 at the furniture fair in Bella Centret, Copenhagen the design group “Spring” exhibited. Inger Mosholt Nielsen and I exhibited our degree project – the chair with self-supporting polyester fabric. We were then contacted by the American company VIA. VIA was interested in producing the chair. Since then we have collaborated on develop­ing the chair – now called “VIA Spring Chair”. Finally the “VIA Spring Chair” is finish and it was introduced to the American market in March 1993 at the furniture fair West Week in Los Angeles, USA.

In 1992 I designed a chair – called “Jakob” – and a range of tables for cafes and other public places. The chair and tables were designed on commission for the company Stilling Furniture, Gilleleje, Denmark. In 1992 Stilling Furniture introduced the chair and tables at the furniture fair in Bella Centret, Copenhagen.

In 1992 Inger Mosholt Nielsen and I participated in Scandinavian Furniture Award with the chair “Rokoko”. The idea of the chair was that the self-supporting fabric seat and the laminated back were dyed in the same colour. The chair was awarded a third prize.

In August 1993 Inger Mosholt Nielsen and I participated as guest exhibitor at Snedkernes Efterårsudstilling with a tatami chair designed for the company Kohseki, Kyoto, Japan. The tatami chair is used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony rooms where the Japanese normally not want furniture at all. Nevertheless the Japanese like to have the comfort of the chair and a simple appearance.

In September 1993 the design group “Spring” participated at the furniture fair in Bella Centret, Copenhagen in the east hall. Personally I showed a new bookcase system for Stilling Furniture. The bookcase system consists of a thin shelf element executed in laminated veneer. The stiffness of the shelf is caused by a lengthwise profile and a small height of arch. The profile and the height of arch together perform a double curved shape which make it possible to minimize the material consumption when producing a stable bookcase system which can carry books without problems.

At Snedkernes Efterårsudstilling 1994 I participated with the wendy house Mikkelborg. Mikkelborg is a three metre tall wooden sculpture with a pinched roof. Its striking design challenges and surprises while contributing to the beauty of the garden. Mikkelborg provides children with a lot of opportunities for play: for instance, two floors with a cave upstairs, a sitting-room downstairs and a swing outside. Just a few of Mikkelborg´s many possibilities.

In January, February and March 1995, the design group Spring exhibited at the art museum Trapholt in Kolding, Denmark. Among other things we exhibited the upholster furniture “Barcelona” which is a large interdisciplinary Spring project. The textile designers Inger Mosholt Nielsen, Mette Mikkelsen, Mette Dammand Jensen and the undersigned had designed eight different textile and metal solutions for the back and seat of the upholster furniture. The furniture is suitable for public rooms such as airports, dentists, receptions etc. where people wait. The furniture is suitable for both large and small rooms, and due to the  system´s various components the furniture is able to fit the rooms´ current needs.

In 1996 I am participating with two new products at SE – Snedkernes Efterårsudstilling – a chair “Aunt Emma” and a screen “Viper”. The top edge of the “Aunt Emma” chair has been an experiment with precompressed wood – how far can a plane piece of elm be forced? Is it possible to create a double curved top edge out of a solid piece of plane wood – and still maintain a good comfort for both back and arms? In that case it would be possible to avoid the glue pot and to save a lot of wood, and the fact that the wood can manage on its own is also very agreeable from an aesthetic point of view. In the construction of the chair is used as little wood as possible. All the curved subjects are bended out of precompressed wood – straight pieces of wood.

The screen “Viper” consists of a number of oval cardboard tubes which are connected and able to take on a lot of different shapes. It is moveable and very handy in offices, banks, exhibitions etc. The material cardboard is very honest and environmentally compatible, and therefore I find it very suitable to work with. Also the top and bottom mountings on the screen is quite special and suit the cardboard very well. “Viper” is manufactured and sold by Fritz Hansen´s Furniture Factory. The development of “Viper” has been supported by the Danish National Bank´s Jubilee Foundation and the Design Foundation.

In 1997 I exhibited a chair for a restaurant at SE – Snedkernes Efterårsudstilling. The chair was made in co-operation with the Japanese manufacturer Kohseki. The chair, which is made of elm wood, is especially made for a classical Kaiseki restaurant in the centre of Kyoto. The chair is meant to stand around tables of solid Zelkove wood and at a bar in a restaurant in which the use of wood is stressed. In restaurants chairs are mostly seen from the back that is why the design of the this chair is concentrated around its back. Furthermore, the narrow backs of the chairs make it easy to get to and from the chair.

In 1997 I also took part in “Eksponent 97” in Herning together with “Spring”, here I showed the screen “Viper” and the letter tray “Pagode”.

In 1998 SE I exhibited a stool and a folding bed. The stool “Gallery” is originally designed for the exhibition rooms at Kunstforeningen Gammel Strand, Copenhagen. The “Gallery” are manufactured by Fredericia Furniture, Denmark. Moreover My ambition has been to create a piece of furniture which is simple and in harmony with the room, so it does not take away the interest from the exhibition.

At the same time, I wanted to create a product with a strong expression (it´s own character), so when people leave the room – they will remember it. I chose the stool because it does not “create a room” like a chair and a bench do. It does not have neither front, back nor arms, and therefore, the stool is suitable for the many different exhibitions Kunstforeningen arranges. On the basis of the veneer I have tried to find a new sort of moulding Principle which makes it possible to create new moulded products, and in that way add some innovation to the known stools. My stool is moulded out of a rectangular piece of veneer (530 x 1250 mm), and it weights about 4.2 kilos.

The stool can be used alone in for instance stairways, small exhibition rooms etc. However, the stools can also be connected to one another and thereby make a row of four stools. Because the stool has no front or back it can be seen and seated from all four sides. The stool is to provide rest, preoccupation, and a good comfort for the user – like a stump of a tree in the forest!

The folding bed can be used both for sleeping and as a stool – it can for instance be used by campers, as a guest bed or in refugee camps. The bed combines good comfort and mobility. It consists of two aluminium profiles with a folding mechanism, a rectangle of synthetic cloth and two stands.

At Orgatec in Cologne in 1998 I exhibited four products. The screen “Viper” made of aluminium with and without perforations. Both can be made with the following surfaces: nature, aluminium or black paint. Manufacturer: Fritz Hansen. The stool “Gallery” was exhibited in maple and with a coupling link which can control two stools. The bookcase “Library” was shown with and without roll-front which can be closed all the way up to the top shelf. The stool and the bookcase are manufactured by Fredericia Furniture, Denmark. Moreover, I showed the chair “dialogue” which has a double curved top edge made of a solid piece of wood which gives a good comfort for both back and arms. The frame is made of tapered steel tubes which are painted. Manufacturer: Bondo Graversen, Denmark.

At IMM in Cologne in 1999 the manufacturer Codex showed my furniture series “Victor”. It consists of a simple chair with a slightly leaning back to which it is possible to get a loose moderately upholstered cushion. The tables are available in several sizes and with and without extensions for an extra leaf. Furthermore, sideboards in two sizes with doors and draws as well as a glass case are available within the series. “Victor” is made of solid wood and in a very high carpenter quality.

“The Rockable” and “The Unrockable” came to be when I was invited to participate in a project called “Walk the Plank” in 1999. Here forty designers and cabinetmakers were coupled and received a plank of which they were to create a piece of furniture. The stool  was made with no consideration for making money and that was a nice but rare luxury.

At 2000 SE I exhibited the bed “Grandlit” manufactured by Fredericia Furniture, Denmark.

What do you expect of your bed? A comfortable lying position, naturally. After all, you spend a considerable proportion of your life in it. Yes, but… does achieving that comfort mean that your bed has to be a heavy, imovable object?

There is no need to try out “Grandlit”! It is just  as comfortable as other good beds. Instead, consider its  aesthetic qualities. And its flexibility. For example, the table and back support can be placed anywhere around the bed. And the two wheels make “Grandlit” very easy to move around.

At Orgatec 2000 The bookcase X-FILE was exhibited at Fredericia Furniture.

The bookcase X-FILE is an expansion of the bookcase unit LIBRARY made in 1993 and put into production in 1998. I found my inspiration for the bookcase in the simplicity and functionalism of the American Shaker culture.

The bookcase unit now has rooms for drawers, suspended archive files and trays for ring binders. The combinations are endless. For easy moving two castors have been fitted under the rear edge. Shelves, drawers and louvers are available in beech, cherry or maple.

The bookcase X-FILE was first shown at Orgatec 2000.

“The Rockable”, “Victor” and “Dialog 2” was invited to participant in the 2001 U.S. Exhibition Tuor “Danse on the move” for the whole year.

“The Rockable” and “The Unrockable” came in production at the manufacturer: H. B. Trædrejeri. “Pingo” was Hans Sandgren Jakobsen`s contribution to “A chair for crown prince Frederik”, a competition arranged by Foreningen Dansk Møbelindustri (Association of Danish Furniture Industry) on The Scandinavian Furniture Fair 2002.


PINGO looks a little like his Royal Highness: modern in appearance but with tradition behind, simple, straight, confronting barriers, and rather good at what it is supposed to. It is created for the Danish people and intended for mass production.

PINGO is already in production. It has been sold to an air port but can also be used in a church, since it has been fitted with a coupler as well as a shelf for hymn books.


The seat and back of PINGO are made of one piece of cherry veneer, shaped under a pressure of 80 tons. The identical doubly curved “shells” are connected by an “eye”.

The frame is made of mat satin chromium-plated steel tubes, equipped with a coupler. The chair comes with suspension fittings, number indication, shelf for hymn book, desk flap, stacking cart, storage cart, as well as a series of tables with fixed or collapsible legs. PINGO is available  with or without upholster and arm rests in the following woods: maple, birch, beech, and cherry. White or black laminate inside.

A new line of garden furniture Trapholt by Hans Sandgren Jakobsen was exhibited at The Stockholm Furniture Fair 2003.

I have valued 3 things in the design of this line!

-You need a good sitting comfort! The nicely curved seat and back will take care of that – Try for yourself!

-No maintenance – The stainless steel base, granite tabletops and the solid teak seat and back will mature and stay beautiful as years go by.

-You get Danish design and craftsmanship in your garden.

The line consists of square table 140 x 140 or 100 x 180 with one or two ext. leaves. Cafe’ table, serving tray, chair, armchair and sun lounge.

Pocket – a café chair with tables at The Scandinavian Furniture Fair 2003 and IMM 2004.

There is nothing pretentious about Pocket. Yet the back contains an innovation: Embedded “pockets” for the back legs of the chair! An efficient and simple solution! Of course the back is also comfortable,

It is doubly curved and strong.

The seat of the chair is pleasant. It is concave in shape, So you remain seated! Due to the convex front of the seat, there are no sharp edges when you put your feet to ground.

The material is form pressed, melamine surfaced birch and aluminium lacquered or chrome steel. The tripod construction ensures that the table is very stable. Please notice the shape of the table top!

The legs are conic, thus contributing to the simple elegant look of the set.

For the SE exhibition “Remix” 2003 I designed the bowls “Ripples”.

Kay Boyesens four bowls.

I met Kay Boyesens four teak bowls in fascinating interaction with each other! Made in 1942, for each their purpose, they took a break from function for a moment and instead exposed in wonderful (or:grand) quartet the essence of the wood, the finesse of the craftsmanship and the at once tense and soft curves of the shapes. Said a little dis-respectfully: They had gone sort of Michelin-man!  Their liveliness gave me the idea of – Ripples!


An old woodworking lathe, which I recently got my hands on, has challenged me to create this ring-plate, which has been turned from one piece of wood. You can turn the plate upside down, if you require more space! You can obtain it in two sizes. And in two editions, turned oak and blown glass.

Apple -­ a stool for the exhibition Walk The Plank 2003.

Since Eve we have, all of us, lusted for a bite of the apple! No one has held back! But the apple is much else. It has great sculptural beauty! It is a pleasure to look at!

And perhaps it may give us a little of its tranquillity? That is, if one can find some sufficiently competent craftsmen Andre Skriver og Magnus Sangild, who are able to such a degree to dare poach on the preserves of our Lord, and take his apple, and ­ for once not take a bite off it ­ but recreate it as a stool to sit on!