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’, directly translated ‘troublemaker’. “Uro” is the old dansih word for mobile and “mager” is the word for maker. 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.