bo-ex first saw the light of day in 1951 as the export division of Bovirke, a furniture manufacturer perhaps best known for producing works by Finn Juhl during the 50’s and early 60’s.
By that time, the company had started collaborating with two promising young furniture designers Preben Fabricius (1931–1984) and Jørgen Kastholm (1931–2007), whose elegant and timeless, yet innovative, designs would soon earn them world-renown. The creative duo continued to design several pieces for bo-ex, many of which have become bo-ex signature pieces and are still produced today.
In December 1979 bo-ex furniture was taken over by Gert and Jørgen Auhagen, two brothers who had been in the furniture business for years and had established a solid reputation in the industry through their work for Fritz Hansen and KEVI among others. They continued to manufacture the popular designs by Fabricius and Kastholm as well as more recent works by the design duo Jørgen Lund (1946-) and Ole Larsen (1945-). The bo-ex collection was made up of elegant, functional and timeless pieces, all hand-crafted to perfection by some of the most skilled people in their field.
On a business trip in 1984 Gert Auhagen acquired 5 pieces of what turned out to be the iconic Scimitar chair by Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kastholm. It was first launched in 1963 as part of the bo-ex collection but soon taken over by Ivan Schlechter, who still owned the license to manufacture the chair. In 1988, Gert Auhagen bought back the license from Ivan Schlechter and embarked on a long and complicated journey towards bringing the chair back into production. Fifteen years later, the Scimitar chair was finally re-launched, with the assistance and approval of the original designer Jørgen Kastholm. A furniture icon was reborn.
Having assumed sole ownership of the company in 1994, Gert Auhagen continues to be the very heart and soul of bo-ex furniture. Anyone who has ever worked with him will confirm that his standards are second to none and that compromise is not something he ever does. The quality of craftsmanship produced under his leadership is unrivalled and to this day nothing leaves the production facilities without his discerning seal of approval. Excellence is key and, as Gert Auhagen says, “we hope that people will take pride in owning a little piece of perfect rather than a lot of almost”.
A piece of bo-ex furniture is an investment for life which will only get better with age and use. It represents a proud tradition of Danish furniture design and true craftsmanship in a time where mass-production has regrettably become the norm.
The passion for the work and the love of great design has always been the backbone of the bo-ex ethos which is quite simply about giving the customer a little piece of perfect.