Erik Magnussen was born in 1940 in Copenhagen. Trained as a ceramist at the School of Applied Arts and Design - graduated with a silver medal in 1960.
He worked for Bing & Grøndahl fore several years and among the latest works there are furniture for Fritz Hansen a/s , door handles for Franz Schneider Brakel gmbh, tabletop in pewter for Royal Selangor, tabletops in stainless steel and plastic for A/S Stelton, porcelain lamps for Licht & Form and furniture for Paustian a/s.
Erik Magnussen's designs are exhibited in museums all over the world and he received the Lunning Prize in 1967 and the Furniture Prize in 1977. In 1983 he was chosen "designer of the year" by the Danish Design Council and his products were honoured with the ID-prize by the Danish Society of Industrial Design a few times. Erik Magnussen was also given the Bindesbøll Medal in 1996 and he has received grants from the Ole Haslund Fund, the Royal Jueweller A. Michelsen's Anniversary Fund and from the Knud V. Engelhardt's Memorial Fund.
Erik Magnussen was awarded "The Red Dot" in the "Design Innovations 1997" competition presented by the Design Centre Nordrhein-Westfalen in 1997 and he won the "Good Design Gold Prize" awarded by the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization.