The philosophy of our namesake silversmith, Georg Jensen, is to create innovative designs that are both beautiful and functional. Georg Jensen grew up close to forest and lakes just north of Copenhagen. Nature was his core source of inspiration. Symbols of the natural world weave a common thread throughout his designs: fruits, blossoms, leaves and organic shapes.
His other artistic skills combined with his continuous ability to identify and support design talent was the foundation upon which he founded Georg Jensen in Copenhagen in 1904.
GEORG JENSEN (1866 - 1935)
Through his childhood in the picturesque surroundings of Raadvad north of Copenhagen Georg Jensen was inspired to become an artist. He succeeded in becoming both sculptor and ceramist but it was by way of his talent as a silver smith that he achieved the most remarkable recognition. The Georg Jensen Silversmithy created some of the most original and epoch-defining jewellery, hollowware and cutlery patterns. At Georg Jensen’s death in 1935 the smithy was acknowledged as one of the most important silversmithies in the world. Georg Jensen was instrumental in defining the character of the twentieth century Scandinavian Design by drawing on Danish traditions and infusing them with a progressive design rationale. He rejected the popular taste of the time for romantic and historicist ornamentation and ostentation, instead embracing the avant-garde Art Nouveau style with its simple organic forms and craft-based approach to production. Georg Jensen was a sensitive artist endowed with a great talent which made it possible for him to turn his vision into reality.
The delightful impressions of nature from Georg Jensen’s childhood and adolescence were forever revisited and worked on – even more consciously by the adult artist. He created a unique style characterized among other things by its high quality of craftsmanship, the sculptural element of the design, the innovative and sensual use of flora and fauna ornamentation, the hammer marks on the surfaces of the silver, the oxidization of all the grooves and indents of the silver pieces and the use of coloured gem stones.