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The idea came with the stork
The Flensted Mobiles fairytale is actually based on two straws and three paper storks.
For this was what Christian Flensted cut out and assembled in 1953 when the christening of his daughter, Mette, was going to be celebrated. The result was the stork mobile, which was only conceived of as being a fun, ingenious and personal gift, but ended up as the prelude to Flensted Mobiles.
For only a year after the daughter’s christening the firm Flensted Mobiles was established.
And to this very day the stork mobile has remained in production.
When Christian Flensted founded the firm, along with his wife Grethe, the family was living in Aalborg – in the three-room flat where the workplace was the dining table and storage room was under the sofa.
Well-known ‘restless spirit’
Christian Flensted became known as ‘Uromageren’, a Danish play on the word ‘Uro’, which means both ‘restless’ and ‘a mobile’ – i.e. both a maker of mobiles as well as someone whose mind is constantly in motion. This nickname corresponded well with his creative capacity to create elegant, classic designs – and unique, extraordinary mobiles that can both set their surroundings in motion and create a balance of mind. For when it comes to mobiles, rest and restlessness make a happy couple.
In 1956, the Flensted family returned to their native island of Funen. Here the family and firm settled in an idyllic farmhouse with adjoining workshop near Tommerup. The place was christened ‘The Stork’s Nest’ after the first mobile.
In 1972, production had increased to such an extent that another removal became necessary. This time it was to the former school ‘Frederiksminde’, close to Brenderup and also on Funen. This old, historically interesting building is still the home of Flensted Mobiles.
The baton passed on
In 1982 Grethe and Christian Flensted decided to pass the baton on to Ole. In connection with this change of generation at Flensted Mobiles, the running of the company was now taken over by Ole and his wife, Aase. They have continued to operate the mobiles company every since, paying great respect to its ideals and creative angle on the world. The older generation gave room to the younger, so that they could leave their mark on the company – new mobiles came onto the drawing board, and new markets were opened up.