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Pill box 325

After the covered dish became a success around the world, Koppel wanted to show that his designs could also take a life in miniature pieces. He began working on a pill box that could be compared to the covered dish, the way caviar could be compared to the sturgeon – just as simple and controlled as the large serving dish. Other small unique hollowware pieces with different functions followed later on.

The Pill Box 325 is one of the most difficult and time consuming pieces to make because it consist of 2 pieces which have to fit together perfectly. A lot of time is spent on the hinge in order to adjust it to the point where it opens just right - not too tight and not too loose. The opening must also be adjusted so that it is not too tight to open but at the same time it must click when closing.

Design year: 1954

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Materials: Sterling silver
Measurements: H: 2.9 cm / 1.14 inches L: 5.1 cm / 2 inches W: 4.5 cm /1.77 inches

Designer: Henning Koppel

Henning Koppel is responsible for what we have come to think of as “Danish design".

Henning Koppel’s designs broke new ground for Georg Jensen with expansive and beautiful shapes. His designs are constructed in clean lines and exude warmth, a true feat of expertise. 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 is born to a wealthy Jewish family and 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, which marked his start in jewellery, hollowware and flatware design. 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 to us 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.

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