40 Years of Lost City Arts

Jim Elkind, founder Lost City Arts—of one of the most influential design galleries in New York City—has design in his DNA. Elkind grew up in a modernist house full of mid-century modern furniture and spent many weekends traveling into New York with his mother, visiting museums and exploring the city. He fondly recalls her pointing up at the skyscrapers and their architectural details, encouraging and instilling in him a curiosity about his surroundings and an attention to detail that would go on to shape his future career.

The idea to open a gallery originally came to Elkind during a visit to the annual juried art show at University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he attended college. The vetted show featured several hundred artists, many of whom, he realized, were extremely talented but would never make it into the mainstream art world. Taking a page from his entrepreneur father’s book, Elkind imagined opening a gallery in New York called the Gallery of the Unknown Artist where he would feature work by up-and-coming artists from universities around the country.

Børge Mogensen 1914–1972

One of the most productive and influential Danish designers of the mid-20th century, Børge Mogensen became best known for his functional designs. His work is characterized by simple lines, modest proportions, and clarity of design. His high quality craftsmanship remains approachable and attainable. He began his training as a cabinetmaker in 1934 then studied at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts before enrolling at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Architecture where he graduated in 1941. Mogensen was a student and teaching assistant of Kaare Klint later working in the designer’s studio in Copenhagen. In 1948, he participated in the Museum of Modern Art, New York’s Low-Cost Furniture exhibition with friend, Hans J. Wegner and frequently exhibited his furniture designs at the Copenhagen Cabinetmaker’s Guild Exhibitions as well.

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