Jakob Wagner


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JAKOB WAGNER WAS BORN IN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK IN 1963 AND DID HIS FIRST DESIGN DEGREE THERE. AFTER ATTENDING SEVERAL INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS HE GRADUATED FROM ART CENTER IN MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND WITH A DEGREE IN PRODUCT DESIGN IN 1992. HE IMMEDIATELY SET UP HIS OWN STUDIO IN COPENHAGEN AND FOR THE FIRST 5 YEARS OF HIS CAREER HE WORKED WITH SPORTS AND PROFESSIONAL EQUIPMENT FOR CLIENTS LIKE SCUBAPRO, PORSCHE, DRÄGER AND PIONEER. GRADUALLY HE GAINED INTEREST IN OBJECTS FOR THE HOME AND BEGAN WORKING WITH CLIENTS LIKE IITTALA, GEORG JENSEN, MENU, BIOMEGA, BANG & OLUFSEN, WMF. IN 2001 JAKOB FELT RIPE TO PURSUE HIS FURNITURE DREAMS AND TURNED HIS ATTENTION TOWARDS MILAN. THE CURRENT LIST OF CLIENTS COUNTS B&B ITALIA, MOROSO, MAGIS, FORNASARIG, AND HAY. ON HIS DESIGN PHILOSOPHY, JAKOB SAYS: "I OFTEN TRY TO CREATE A KIND OF BALANCED TENSION BETWEEN OPPOSITE QUALITIES IN THE OBJECT. I PLAY WITH STATIC VERSUS DYNAMIC, SYMMETRY VS ASYMMETRY, MASCULINE VS FEMININE, ORGANIC VS GEOMETRIC ETC. THIS CHALLENGES OUR SENSES, MAKES AN OBJECT COME ALIVE AND TOUCH US EMOTIONALLY. I ACTUALLY TRY NOT TO LEAVE TOO BIG A SIGNATURE THE FINAL DESIGN. IT SHOULD RATHER APPEAR AS IF IT JUST HAPPENED BY IT SELF, AS IF THE FORM JUST GREW OUT OF THE IDEA IN THE SAME WAY NATURE'S EVOLUTION WORKS". JAKOB'S WORK IS OFTEN PART OF EXHIBITIONS IN SCANDINAVIA AND WORLD WIDE, INCLUDING MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK, WHERE HE HAD HIS FIRST OBJECT INCLUDED IN THE PERMANENT COLLECTION IN 2006. IN 2003, HE WAS AWARDED THE DANISH ARTS FOUNDATION THREE-YEAR HONOURABLE BURSARY. HIS WORK IS INCREASINGLY RECEIVING INTERNATIONAL AWARDS AND IS SOLD IN MOST ART MUSEUMS SHOPS.