chief designer Timothy Jacob Jensen in the legendary location in Hejlskov Denmark
Photo by © Lajs Kaznelson 2019

TIMOTHY JACOB JENSEN

Timothy Jacob Jensen joined Bang & Olufsen’s team of chief designers at the age of 17. At 24, his first design was included in the design collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York. At 28, he took over the responsibility of Jacob Jensen Design from his father. He became chief designer for Gaggenau when he was 30. At 48, he became professor at Fudan University in Shanghai and at 55, he was named Designer of Year in China.

Today, he is working out of Timothy Jacob Jensen Studios together with a team of creative associates from all over the world.

Jacob Jensen and Timothy Jacob Jensen father and son
Jacob Jensen and Timothy Jacob Jensen
Timothy Jacob Jensen at the age of 10
Timothy at the age of 10
Timothy Jacob Jensen teaching at Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts
Teaching at SIVA University
Timothy and Frank Wu at iF Gold Award show Hanover 2018
Timothy and Frank Wu at iF Gold Award show
Ratan Tata of Tata Motors, Ninus and Timothy Jacob Jensen in India
Ratan Tata, Ninus and Timothy
Timothy Jacob Jensen in the old studio in Hejlskov Denmark
Timothy in the old studio
Timothy Jacob Jensen his brother Thomas and sister Katja Denmark
Timothy, Thomas and Katja
Timothy Jacob Jensen keynote speech in China design award Shanghai Institute of Visual Art
Keynote speech in China
Terry Gou of Foxconn and Timothy Jacob Jensen
Terry Gou, Foxconn and Timothy
Timothy Jacob Jensen and H. R. H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand
Timothy and H. R. H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand
Jonathan Ive Apple chief designer and Timothy Jacob Jensen
Jonathan Ive and Timothy
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Toko Timothy and Prince Henrik Skive ceremony
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Toko, Timothy and Prince Henrik
Timothy Jacob Jensen and Maya Soetoro-Ng
Timothy and Maya Soetoro-Ng
Four generations, Timothy Jacob Jensen, Toko, Freja and Jacob Jensen father and son grand daughters Hejlskov
Three generations, Timothy, Toko, Freja and Jacob
Karl Ahasverusen and Timothy Jacob Jensen in Hejlskov Studio
COO Karl Ahasverusen and Timothy
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, CGE, Qingyang District Chengdu and Timothy Jacob Jensen
Crown Prince Frederik, CGE, Qingyang District Chengdu and Timothy
Nigel Hopwood, Franklin Weisz, Jacob Jensen, Edward Weisz and Timothy Jacob Jensen
Nigel Hopwood, Franklin Weisz, Jacob, Edward Weisz and Timothy
Timothy Jacob Jensen and Bangkok Thailand design studio security guard
Ping and Pong

BIOGRAPHY

Chief designer and professor Timothy Jacob Jensen was born in 1962 to an American mother from New York and a Danish father from Copenhagen. From the age of four, he grew up in the rural surroundings of Hejlskov on the shores of the Limfjord in Jutland Denmark. From a very young age, Timothy was regarded as a prodigy by many. Having had a rebellious educational upbringing and spending only 7.5 years in school, Timothy joined his father Jacob Jensen’s design studio in 1978 and spent the next six years working there. Timothy joined Bang & Olufsen’s chief designers, Jacob Jensen and David Lewis, at the age of 17, and at 19 he had designed his first car, named Logicar. At the age of 22, he designed the iconic Jacob Jensen classic wrist watch, which was later included in The Museum of Modern Art New York design collections. After running his own studio in Copenhagen for three years, he travelled the world and worked with Ross Littell in Como, Italy and Gerry Musset in Melbourne, Australia. 

In 1990, Timothy took over the studio in Hejlskov along with the overall responsibility for all designs and initiatives created up until the end of 2018. As CEO at Jacob Jensen Design, Timothy founded the Scandinavian lifestyle brand Jacob Jensen, which grew to be represented in more than 30 countries. He became chief designer at Gaggenau at the age of 30. At 32, he became advisor to the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Danish government and was included in the book “Who’s Who” at 34. At the age of 34, Timothy had his first daughter, Toko and at 38, a second daughter, Freja. Timothy has been a prominent international keynote speaker since the age of 40, and he was made professor at Fudan University in Shanghai at 48. In 2011, he was appointed as Master of DeTao Masters Academy and established the Jacob Jensen Design I DeTao Shanghai studio. At the age of 51, he established Jacob Jensen Design I KMUTT Bangkok studio in collaboration with King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi.  

Timothy was named Designer of the Year in China in 2017 at the age of 55, and the following year he was appointed a member of the jury for the iF Design Award 2019, one of the world’s most prestigious design prizes. At the age of 56, Timothy sold all his shares at Jacob Jensen Design and opened Timothy Jacob Jensen Studios in 2019.

Timothy Jacob Jensen remains the most awarded Danish designer.

GLOBETROTTER

Timothy Jacob Jensen is a true globetrotter. He has visited 59 countries. During his travels for pleasure and business alike, he has stayed with hill tribes in the Himalayas, sailed the canals and rivers of Europe on his own boat and dined with vagabonds and heads of states. His lifelong experience with design and travel adds a significant global and multicultural perspective to his work and his way of life.

Timothy has visited: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia,Saint Martin, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vatican State and Vietnam.

QUOTES FOR INSPIRATION

“We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

Albert Einstein

"If you're not having fun, you're doing something wrong."

Groucho Marx

"Change is the
only constant in life."

Heraclitus

“Instead of trying to fix an existing situation, you should try to create a new one”

Jacob Jensen

"An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind"

Mahatma Gandhi

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

Maya Angelou

"God is black!
- Yes she is!"

Unknown authors

"Har herren smagt vores skipperlabskovs? – Nej, ser jeg da sådan ud?"

Robert Storm Petersen

"The world is full of exploited, uneducated, poor people with no opportunities watching idiots sending cars to Mars."

Timothy Jacob Jensen

TIMOTHY JACOB JENSEN
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THANK YOU

A special thanks to some of the extraordinary people I have had the pleasure and pain to work with.
All skilled and determined.

Alasdair McPhail

Anne Mette Palm

Betina Nielsen

Bo Frandsen

Brian Cunningham

Chris Xu

Claus Fisker

Christian Holmsted Olesen

Christoph Walch

Dana Badeen

Dr.Gu

Edward Weisz

Elo Kjærsgård Jensen

Francisc Norbert Vicze

Franklin Weisz

George Lee

George Von Blanquet

Gerry Mussett

Gert Toftkjær​

Gong Xueping

Heide Swartsweller

Haim Dotan

Henrik Boserup

Henrik Brandt Jensen

Henrik Koitz

Ib Langmach

Ida Klemann

Jacob Jensen

Jakob Kjær Nielsen

James P. Cain

Jared Man

Jessica Ploy

Johan Løje

John Jørgensen

Jonas Gaarde

Jytte Hilden

Karl Ashverusen

Kathy Jiang

Katja Hopwood

Keld Esmark Harder

Kim Krull Jørgensen

Kim Ricken Jørgensen

Kirsten Klein

Kresten Foerlev

Laura Lykkegaard

Luke Firth

Martin Høyer-Hansen

Martin Sick Nielsen

Max Rene

Michael Barnwell

Mogens Lykketoft

Nigel Hopwood

Nital Patel

Ole Damsbo

Peter Pay

Pornthep Chatpinyakoop

Rakpong Songipitak

Richard Veit

Rikke Andersen

Rikke Boe Nielsen

Rosario Santos

Ross Littel

Ryan Christoffersen

Sebastien Malville

Steen George Christensen

Steffen Pölmann

Stine Bang

Søren Hagelskjær

Thomas Ryan Jensen

Tönis Vellama

Tonni Kruse

Tor Nørretranders

YJ Bao

Zhang Ayi

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