In 1953, Danish artist Christian Flensted made his first mobile to celebrate the christening of his daughter. He cut three storks from paper and mounted them on two straws to create the well-loved Stork mobile. His Futura mobile, with its spare, modernist shapes and precise calibration continues the Flensted tradition of bringing equilibrium to the world through movement. Heavy and light elements in dynamic tension suggest planets and moons and evoke reflections on the idea of creative balance.
Handmade in Denmark, Flensted mobiles are literally a cottage industry: They’re made by 60 homeworkers spread over Funen—the island of Hans Christian Andersen. This method of production saves more than 15 tons of fuel every year and greatly reduces CO2 emissions by eliminating workers’ commute to a factory.