Georg Jensen home accessories are instantly recognisable to any lover of Scandinavian design. Renowned for their extensive collaborations with a host of leading Scandinavian designers, one of the brand’s most definitive collaborators was Danish born Henning Koppel. To mark the 100th anniversary of the iconic designer’s birth, Georg Jensen have announced a year-long celebration in his honor which will include a launch of new specially created designs. The LuxPad explores the Georg Jensen Koppel 100 collection…
Born in Copenhagen in 1918, Henning Koppel studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and later the Académie Ranson in Paris. Koppel fled to Sweden with his family during the German occupation of Denmark in World War II and whilst he was there he was able to work across an array of artistic disciplines from casting metal, to glassworks and even comic book drawing before returning to Denmark at the end of the war. Koppel was also an accomplished draughtsman with his sketches and watercolors informing nearly all of his three dimensional designs and he also often modeled in clay. This material was much more forgiving than the silver which many of his Georg Jensen designs would later be crafted from.
Koppel is reported to have said ‘functionalism is nothing to do with the forming of silver’, which demonstrates his approach to design wherein he created shapes and silhouettes which were never constrained by mere practicality. Inspired by undulating organic forms, his designs were notoriously difficult to craft and pushed the limits of the silversmiths creating them. Rarely apologetic yet still charismatic and confident in his aesthetic perspective, he was seen as a modernist pioneer who elevated anonymous, everyday objects into works of art which are still relevant today.
Henning Koppel began working with Georg Jensen in 1946 and quickly set about bringing his free-thinking functionalism where utility and beauty seamlessly interact to the brand. His take on modernism was at once crisp and minimalist, yet his pieces often also exhibited soft, organic curves setting his designs apart from his peers. Koppel designed a wide range of everyday pieces for the home along with watches, clocks, jewelery and sculptural pieces which became iconic masterpieces of the modern age.
The Koppel 100 collection will be released in March and will celebrate the designer’s unwavering influence on the design world, with a range of new items inspired by original Koppel sketches developed to complete and complement the existing Koppel collection. The recognizable Wave bowl has been created in a new size in stainless steel, new perfectly spherical hurricanes will be joining the collection along with a new range of steel and stoneware vases which reveal the designer’s sense of color and material. The classic Caravel cutlery will also be reissued in a black PVD-coated version which highlights its dramatic lines inspired by the signature Koppel watch.
Also part of Koppel 100 will be a crystal and silver carafe and glasses set which have been formed as a tribute to Koppel’s iconic pitchers which sit pride of place as masterpieces of contemporary design in museums throughout the world. Henning Koppel’s designs are as modern today as they were when first created, which is a testament to the elegant, continuously contemporary and truly timeless nature of his work. The Koppel 100 collection will be available to shop at Amara in March, in the meantime discover the rest of the timeless Koppel collection which has been delighting modern design fans for generations.