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.
In 1913 Niels Bohr developed his revolutionary model of the atom, from which new information technologies continue to arise – from the transistor radio to quantum computers.