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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Marvelous metals

Three designers in metal--Jens Quistgaard, Grete Prytz Kittelsen and Lino Sabattini—produced some of the most memorable pieces of the mid-century era.
Jens Quistgaard (1919-2008) is best known for his skills in three dimensional design, his innovative ways, and his traditional craftsmanship.  His parents were a sculptor and a painter, and Georg Jensen, one of Denmark's most lauded silversmiths, was his mentor. Early in his design career Quistgaard moved to the United States, where he continued to work in a Danish inspired style. His production was funded at the time by American entrepreneur Ted Nierenberg, and together in the early 1950's they founded  Dansk Designs, the seminal American company working in the Danish Modern style.

Another recognizable collection of mid-century metals includes saucepans, a kettle, coffee pots, bowls and other brightly colored pieces decorated with the Lotus pattern, which was designed by Grete Prytz Kittelsen (1917-2010) for Cathrineholm of Norway in the 1960s. Kittelsen was born in Oslo, Norway, and was educated in Paris, as well as the Art Institute in Chicago. She was a major factor in the rise in popularity of Scandinavian design.

Lino Sabattini (1925- ) is a brilliant but entirely self-taught Italian designer. His designs are beautiful, elegant and distinguished by consummate craftsmanship. It was thanks to Gio Ponti, who raved about Lino Sabattini's designs, that Sabattini became known to a wide following. Lion Sabattini became director of design at the prestigious Cristofle Orfèvrerie, where he created metalware notable for abstract, organic modern forms between 1956 and 1963.

From and

Jens Quistgaard candleholder for Dansk - ObjectOfBeauty

Kobenstyle cookware by Jens Quistgaard - blueflowervintage

Jens Quistgaard fireplace tools

Grete Prytz Kittelsen  kettle

Cathrineholm fondue pot

Tea and coffee service by Lino Sabattini

Lino Sabattini tray

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