Jacob Jensen, the man who designed Gaggenau

September 13, 2016

If the name Jacob Jensen doesn’t ring a bell, close your eyes and imagine a hi-fi of exceptional quality with an outstanding aesthetic design, in other words a product of your choice by Bang & Olufsen. Well, the hand and the mind that have made that brand a cult are that of Jensen, Danish designer who profoundly influenced nordic style and contemporary taste, creating unforgettable objects and donating his unique signature to the lines of Gaggenau.

Born in 1926 and recently passed away, over the course of his life Jensen designed watches, components for automobiles, hi-fis, kitchen accessories and art installations, always inflecting his creations with a minimal and refined taste – this last not devoid of a certain subtle playfulness. That taste saw the light during the years spent studying at Danmarks Designskole, where he was among the first students to complete an innovative course in Industrial Design, a completely new discipline for the universities of the time.

In 1964 Jensen inaugurates his association with Bang & Olufsen, company for which he would create a total of 243 products, many of which absolutely memorable, such as the Beogram 4000 – a masterpiece of technology and style.

In 1991 he lands in Gaggenau, where his style made of sharp cuts, essential geometries and clean surfaces finds a perfect expression in products that live in absolute harmony with shapes, materials and functionality. Up until 1998 Jensen is Chief Designer for the German brand. There the extractors, ovens and hobs are an ideal training ground for his vision applied to form. This very vision is what ferried the brand into the new millennium, anticipating still unexplored stylistic themes and giving an unmistakable character to products, also contributing to defining a new state-of-the-art of the trade.

Awarded hundreds of international honors – many of which achieved thanks to the creations conceived for Gaggenau – Jensen passed away at the age of 89, leaving a heredity of hundreds and hundreds of objects of design, many of which displayed in museums and collections all over the world. A heredity that today lives on through the work of his son, Timothy Jacob, proprietor of Jensen Design – studio that collaborates with universities all over that world, bringing forth an unexhausted research of the language of shape.