August 13, 2014

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Classic useful Danish design

There is something distinctive and classic about the iconic Danish designs of Georg Jensen and Royal Copenhagen. While I was vaguely aware of these before I left Australia, I had no real appreciation for their grace and beauty until I lived in Denmark. In Strøget, the main shopping thoroughfare that cuts through the old town of Copenhagen, there are two magnificent buildings side by side: the Royal Copenhagen porcelain retail building and Georg Jensen jewellery and homewares. As a tourist to Denmark no visit is complete without shopping in these gorgeous buildings, filling your senses with the intricate blue and white detail of Royal Copenhagen porcelain and for contrast, absorbing the clean lines and pared back simple elegance of Georg Jensen.

Come Christmas time ( Jul in Danish), Royal Copenhagen’s decorations are divine. The interior of the building is decorated to the n th degree, and in particular dining tables are laid with various Christmas themes. It is a real treat to wander around and see such an array of crockery and cutlery as it winks and sparkles at you. There are traditional settings and more contemporary designs. You can walk through from the Royal Copenhagen building adjacent to Georg Jensen. This place has the most dazzling display of jewellery, cutlery, homeware items, and my favourite spot downstairs, the gallery. There are an inspiring display of antique Georg Jensen pieces can be found. From memory these items were not for sale, but many of the beautiful Georg Jensen items upstairs more than made up for this.

I have a Georg Jensen bottle opener that gracefully rests in your palm. That might seem an excessive description for a bottle opener- but that’s what grabbed me about Georg Jensen: simple, useful, beautiful. Leaf shaped serving bowls that come in a variety of sizes and a polished stainless steel Flora vase that is exquisite from every angle. I love my salad servers from Georg Jensen that are so light to the touch, and my tealight candle holders that are styled in the shape of a rising flame. Such impeccable design, grace and beauty into everyday items for the home. We would visit our Danish friends and each home contained some Royal Copenhagen or Georg Jensen in daily use, particularly the duck shaped coffee pouring pot.  Perhaps it’s the prevalence of grey dreary weather that’s prompted Danish design to embody such warmth light and energy such that it burns all year round and can be used every day. That's what we love about our Dansk Kids clothes!



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