Arne Jacobsen was one of the leading Scandinavian architects and industrial designers of the 20th century. His “less is more” approach ranks him among other architectural greats of the era including Le Corbusier, Mies Van der Rohe and Gunnar Asplund.
What differentiates Jacobsen from his illustrious contemporaries was that his designs were at the forefront of a specifically Scandinavian design movement. Without question, he borrowed from international styles, but the Modernism he helped to pioneer was a distinctly Scandinavian version.
Among the highlights of his impressive career, two moments stand out: his 1957 introduction of a line of cutlery for Georg Jensen and his design of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen in 1958.
Arne Jacobsen's cutlery was revolutionary. With extremely simple and bold lines, it was unlike anything that existed at the time. It was a departure from Georg Jensen’s earlier styles and made a huge impact in the design world at its debut. His Functionalist approach went on to dominate much of design in subsequent years.
The 1958 unveiling of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen garnered worldwide attention. In an unusual move, he was commissioned to design both the structure itself and its interior. The final product shows an amazing and rare cohesion of exterior and interior design.
A number of pieces that debuted as part of the hotel interior went on to become classic design objects in their own right. The ARNE JACOBSEN candleholder, which is available from Georg Jensen, consists of three connected spheres. Its shape was inspired by Jacobsen’s iconic “Egg” and “Swan” chairs, which were part of the original interior design of the SAS Royal Hotel.
Arne Jacobsen made lasting contributions to Georg Jensen as well as international Modernist design.

Arne Jacobsen

Koppel’s designs tempers the strict rules of functionalism with organic, lifelike shapes. His mission was to make everyday life products beautiful as well as practical. He was trained as a sculptor and began collaborating with Georg Jensen in 1946.
Henning Koppel showed an early talent for art, leading him to train in both drawing and aquarelle early on. He continued studies in sculpture at the Royal Danish Academy and later in Paris. His superb drafting skills, developed as a child, helped him in to produce outstanding product renderings of his designs. Even on their own, they form an exceptional body of work.
Like many Danish Jews, Koppel fled to Sweden during the Second World War. At 27, he returned and began working at Georg Jensen. His first works – a series of necklaces and linked bracelets resembling whale vertebrae and microscopic organisms - were small masterpieces in imaginative modelling. Henning Koppel was in every way groundbreaking and his jewellery was unlike anything ever created at the silver smithy in its first 40 years.
When Henning Koppel died in 1981, aged 63, he had created an astonishing range of work: from stainless steel cutlery such as “New York” which found its way into the homes of millions, to magnificent one-off signature pieces such as the silver and crystal chandelier he designed to celebrate the 75-year anniversary of Georg Jensen in 1979.
During his life, he won many awards including the Milan Triennial, the International Design Award and the Lunning Prize. Accolades are important, but what means even more is that people still choose to wear a watch by Henning Koppel or to serve coffee from one of his pots. The integrity and appeal of his designs remain vital and undiminished.

Arne Jacobsen

The design of the candleholder is a clear precursor to Jacobsen’s move from the organic curves of the 50’s to the more basic geometric lines of the 60’s, where the circle and module based addition principles played a significant role.
 
Materials aluminium
Dimensions Ø20 x H6.7 cm

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Arne Jacobsen candleholder

 

design Arne Jacobsen, 1958

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