Danish industrial designer pioneer Jensen dies at age 89

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Posted: May 16, 2015 8:55 AM

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish industrial designer Jacob Jensen, who gave ultramodern, minimalist forms to high-end products including consumer electronics and kitchenware, has died. He was 89.

The company he created, Jacob Jensen Design, said he passed away Friday but gave no further details.

Jensen belongs to Danish designers' golden era of the 1940s and '50s, alongside Hans J. Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl and Poul Kjaerholm.

Born in Copenhagen in 1926, Jensen started as a designer in his father's furniture shop. He also ended up designing toys, kitchenware, watches and telephones.

For more than two decades, Jensen was chief designer at Danish consumer electronics company Bang & Olufsen. Some of his works are now part of the permanent design collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.