Mobiles are beautiful art forms ; sculptures that move with the wind and occasionally chime to create a gorgeous and relaxing visual and audio atmosphere. Mobiles can be used in houses or businesses and they can be enjoyed by people of all ages–in fact, mobiles are a fabulous way to add décor to a young child’s room. One of the most popular producers of these objects is a Denmark based company known as Flensted Mobiles.
The foundation for Flenstead Mobiles started in 1953 when a man named Christian Flensted made his first mobile to celebrate the christening of his daughter. He cut out three storks, mounted them in two straws, and the Stork Mobile was made thus marking the beginning of a beautiful adventure! One year later, in 1954, the company was founded.
For over 60 years Flensted Mobiles has been crafting beautiful and affordable works of art that are sold and enjoyed all over the world. The website offers dozens of styles and designs in an array of color schemes. Artist Ole Flensted, the owner of Flensted Mobiles, has the following philosophy:
“The mobile’s life is hanging by a thread
But tells us how to get a peaceful mind.
The goal of life is not to be ahead.
It’s rather time to feel how threads are twined”
Ole likes to fly his hot air balloon, sailing, and being with friends and family. Recently, he took some time to speak with the Examiner about his experiences designing mobiles:
Meagan Meehan (M.M.): When was Flensted started and why was that specific name chosen?
Ole Flensted (O.F.): In 1954 Christian and Grethe Flensted created their first mobile, the Danish Luck Storks (FM-1 still in production today, over fifty years later), to celebrate the baptism of their daughter Mette. In 1956 Christian Flensted gave up his job to devote all his effort to the fledgling mobiles business, then based in Aalborg, Jutland. By 1971, production had grown so much that new premises were needed and the business moved back to the home island of Funen and founded “The Stork’s Nest” in Tommerup and stayed here for about 20 years and then moved to the old school building “Frederiksminde” near Brenderup, Funen, which is still the FLENSTED MOBILE CENTRE. Here the family often welcomes agents and wholesaler in their guest apartments. It’s also the last name of the family.
M.M.: How do you come up with the designs for Flensted mobiles? Do you work with artists?
O.F.: Sometimes we work with artists, but for the most part we design them ourselves.
M.M.: Aside from mobiles, have you ever considered branching out into other products?
M.M.: To date, what has been the most rewarding part of working with Flensted?
O.F.: The people I have meet and pleased over the years with my designs.
M.M.: Where do you hope Flensted will be in ten years?
O.F.: We would like to continue the direction we are in now selling to museum shops and high end outlets and still manufacture the mobiles in Denmark.
M.M.: What advice would you give to someone who is striving to become a mobile artist?
O.F.: Focus on your ideas.
M.M.: Are there any upcoming events that you would like to mention?
O.F.: Nothing as of right now.
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To learn more about Flensted Mobiles, visit the official website.