Celebrating the centenary of Henning Koppel’s birth with a new collection of timeless designs
With a history that spans more than 100 years, Danish lifestyle brand Georg Jensen represents quality craftsmanship and timeless design throughout its range of products, from hollowware and watches to jewellery and home accessories.
The philosophy of Georg Jensen himself was to create pieces that possessed both functionality and beauty; his artisanal silversmith skills combined with his ability to identify and support creative talent was the foundation on which he built Georg Jensen in Copenhagen in 1904.
Georg Jensen’s style – serene flowing forms inspired by nature and enriched with sculpted ornamentation – embraced the Art Nouveau period. During his life, all the artists and craftsmen working at his silversmith were influenced by this aesthetic. And sometimes, especially in the case of Johan Rohde, the influence went both ways. All of the products of the early years fell within the framework of one recognisable look, identified as the ‘Georg Jensen style’. Unusually though, all the artists and craftsmen were not only encouraged to have free reign in their work, but were also fully credited with their own designs.
The Georg Jensen style underwent many modifications until his death, and even more so afterwards, but the basic characteristics of his ideas are still visible today. The most important task for the brand is to continue to leverage Georg Jensen’s principles and translate these into new designs. Many products by Georg Jensen and his early associates are still manufactured alongside the work of younger more contemporary designers (some of the better-known names of the past century and today include Johan Rohde, Harald Nielsen, Henning Koppel, Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe and Zaha Hadid).
Throughout 2018, the brand is celebrating the centenary year of Henning Koppel’s birth with a new collection for the home, Koppel 100, which showcases his vision and reinforces his legacy as a pioneer of mid-century Scandinavian design. Henning Koppel was known for a kind of free-thinking functionalism, fusing utility and beauty in his pared-back designs, which included everyday objects for the home, watches, clocks, jewellery and sculptural silver masterpieces. While his take on Modernism was crisp and minimalist, many of his pieces revealed soft, organic curves that became trademarks of his nature-inspired designs.
Koppel 100 stems from Henning Koppel’s original sketches which have been developed to complete and complement the existing Koppel collections. It includes the iconic Wave Bowl in a new size, crafted in stainless steel; a series of spherical candle Hurricanes for indoor and outdoor use; new steel and stoneware vases that reveal Henning Koppel’s sense of colour; and his classic cutlery design, Caravel, re-issued as a black PVD-coated version. Georg Jensen has also introduced a crystal and silver carafe and glasses set as a tribute to Henning Koppel’s iconic pitchers which are regarded as a masterpiece of contemporary design.
The fact that products by Henning Koppel and others under the brand’s umbrella remain as relevant today as they were then is a testament to their status as design classics – and Georg Jensen himself.
Georg Jensen, 89 Mount Street, London, W1K 2SR. +44 (0)20 7499 6541