NANNA DITZEL

(1923 – 2005)

“Born in Copenhagen in 1923, Nanna Ditzel is one of Denmark’s most accomplished designers and was the first woman to design for Georg Jensen. She was born in Copenhagen and attended the Danish School of Arts, Crafts and Design and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1946. While still a student she began showing her work at the Cabinetmaker’s Guild annual exhibits. She also met her first husband, Jorgen Ditzel at school and they began working and exhibiting together in 1944. She was trained in cabinet making; he in upholstery and they shared a design aesthetic based on creating comfortable, livable and simple environments.
The Ditzels spent the first part of their career together, as did many post war designers in Denmark, trying to produce furniture that would expand, separate or serve a dual purpose in order to appropriately furnish a small apartment. In their earliest years, their focus was originally on children’s furniture, though soon moved on to design items for the rest of the home. Two of their innovative designs were a tea table with a top that lifted off to become a tray and a 1951 bed that tapered towards the foot to take up less space. In 1949, Ditzel designed the functional, but more decorative, curved “Two Seat Sofa” and a 1951 chaise lounge for Knud Willadsen. The Ditzel’s cozy 1959 “Basket” chair, meant to be suspended from the ceiling, is the most famous example of their experiments working with wicker. They also designed a set of enamel kitchen utensils for the Ravnholm factory in the 1950’s, and Nanna designed a series of jewelry that won a prize from the Goldsmith’s Association in 1950.
In 1954, they began to create designs for Georg Jensen. Jorgen died in 1961 but Ditzel kept their studio going and continued to work in a variety of media, designing among others, wooden furniture and silver jewelry. In 1962, Ditzel came out with the successful “Toadstool,” which was a multi-purpose, stacking stool or table for children.
Nanna Ditzel created many designs for Georg Jensen, mostly jewelry although she also created some hollowware. The relationship between the couple and the Silversmithy began when Nanna decided to start designing jewelry as something she could do at home while her children slept. Soon after, a jewelry competition sponsored by A. Michelsen arose, and her designs had won first prize. Later on, in 1954, Finn Juhl, who was developing the 50th anniversary exhibition, passed the design work off for the exhibition to the Ditzels. Five pieces of jewelry were created for this exhibit,which were very well received. Further jewelry designs were created, and many of these pieces would go on to win various awards and prizes. In 1968, Nanna Ditzel remarried to Kurt Heide and relocated to London where they continued to work in the realm of design, establishing their own company Nanna Ditzel Productions Ltd. In 1986, her second husband passed away, and she moved back to Denmark, continuing her work. In recent years, Ditzel has focused mainly on furniture design, such as the Trinidad chair in 1993, however this design has also led to the further refinement for her jewelry pieces such as the bracelet #389 in 1994.
Ditzel has won many major awards during her long career and has had her work exhibited all over the world. She received the silver and gold medals at the Milan Tirennale (1954 and 1960), the Lunning Prize (with Jorgen Ditzel in 1954) and a gold medal at the International Furniture Design Competition in 1990, and the Thorvald Bindesboll Medal in 1999. She has also taken on the title of Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog, Honorable Royal Designer ( 1996).”

From GEORG JENSEN HOLLOWWARE, THE SILVERFUND COLLECTION, David A. Taylor & Jason W. Laskey, 2003

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Designers

Bent Gabrielsen For Georg Jensen Silver And Spectrolite Ring Model 176

Bent Gabrielsen For Georg Jensen Silver And Spectrolite Ring Model 176

Bent Gabrielsen for Georg Jensen silver and spectrolite ring model 178

Bent Gabrielsen for Georg Jensen silver and spectrolite ring model 178

Bent Gabrielsen for Georg Jensen silver and rock crystal ring model 169

Bent Gabrielsen for Georg Jensen silver and rock crystal ring model 169

Bent Gabrielsen for Georg Jensen silver ring model 175

Bent Gabrielsen for Georg Jensen silver ring model 175

Bent Gabrielsen for Georg Jensen silver and spectrolite ring model 173

Bent Gabrielsen for Georg Jensen silver and spectrolite ring model 173

Bent Gabrielsen for Georg Jensen silver and spectrolite ring model 172

Bent Gabrielsen for Georg Jensen silver and spectrolite ring model 172

Bent Gabrielsen for Georg Jensen silver and spectrolite ring model 171

Bent Gabrielsen for Georg Jensen silver and spectrolite ring model 171

Bent Gabrielsen for Georg Jensen silver and lapis lazuli ring model 179

Bent Gabrielsen for Georg Jensen silver and lapis lazuli ring model 179

Bent Gabrielsen for Georg Jensen silver ring model 174

Bent Gabrielsen for Georg Jensen silver ring model 174

Sophia Vari “Daedalion” Brass Ring

Sophia Vari “Daedalion” Brass Ring

Sophia Vari “Ilithyie” Brass Necklace

Sophia Vari “Ilithyie” Brass Necklace

Pol Bury Gilded Silver « Spheres » Bracelet

Pol Bury Gilded Silver « Spheres » Bracelet

Sophia Vari « Clytia » Bracelet, Pau Amarelo Wood And Gold

Sophia Vari « Clytia » Bracelet, Pau Amarelo Wood And Gold

Vivianna Torun Silver And Glass Drop Brooch

Vivianna Torun Silver And Glass Drop Brooch

Kim Naver For Georg Jensen Silver Bracelet Model 254

Kim Naver For Georg Jensen Silver Bracelet Model 254

Line Vautrin «Pour Toi Mon Amour » Gilded Bronze Powder Box SOLD

Line Vautrin «Pour Toi Mon Amour » Gilded Bronze Powder Box SOLD

Line Vautrin « Le Furet » Gilded Bronze Necklace

Line Vautrin « Le Furet » Gilded Bronze Necklace

Line Vautrin « Si Tous Les Gars Du Monde » Gilded Bronze Brooch

Line Vautrin « Si Tous Les Gars Du Monde » Gilded Bronze Brooch

Line Vautrin « Les Arrondissements De Paris » Gilded Bronze Bracelet

Line Vautrin « Les Arrondissements De Paris » Gilded Bronze Bracelet

Line Vautrin « Poisson Pris Au Filet » Gilded Bronze Necklace

Line Vautrin « Poisson Pris Au Filet » Gilded Bronze Necklace

Line Vautrin « Dante » Gilded Bronze Bracelet

Line Vautrin « Dante » Gilded Bronze Bracelet

Vivianna Torun For Georg Jensen Silver Neck Ring Model 174 With Drop Pendant Model 133 – SOLD

Vivianna Torun For Georg Jensen Silver Neck Ring Model 174 With Drop Pendant Model 133 – SOLD

Nanna Ditzel For Georg Jensen Silver Necklace Model 141A

Nanna Ditzel For Georg Jensen Silver Necklace Model 141A

Nanna Ditzel For Georg Jensen Silver Bracelet and Necklace Model 165 – SOLD

Nanna Ditzel For Georg Jensen Silver Bracelet and Necklace Model 165 – SOLD

Ibe Dahlquist For Georg Jensen Silver Necklace Model 193

Ibe Dahlquist For Georg Jensen Silver Necklace Model 193

Ibe Dahlquist For Georg Jensen Silver Bracelet Model 181 – SOLD

Ibe Dahlquist For Georg Jensen Silver Bracelet Model 181 – SOLD

Henning Koppel For Georg Jensen Silver Necklace Model 130B – SOLD

Henning Koppel For Georg Jensen Silver Necklace Model 130B – SOLD

Henning Koppel For Georg Jensen « Amoeba » Silver Bracelet Model 89 – SOLD

Henning Koppel For Georg Jensen « Amoeba » Silver Bracelet Model 89 – SOLD

Hans Hansen Gold Modernist Ring – SOLD

Hans Hansen Gold Modernist Ring – SOLD

Fritz Maierhofer Aluminium Red Bracelet

Fritz Maierhofer Aluminium Red Bracelet

Fritz Maierhofer Articulated Anodised Aluminium Ring

Fritz Maierhofer Articulated Anodised Aluminium Ring

Fritz Maierhofer Articulated Steel Ring

Fritz Maierhofer Articulated Steel Ring

Flemming Eskildsen For Georg Jensen Silver Bracelet Model 125 – SOLD

Flemming Eskildsen For Georg Jensen Silver Bracelet Model 125 – SOLD

Ernst Forsmann For Georg Jensen Silver Modernist Bracelet Model 191

Ernst Forsmann For Georg Jensen Silver Modernist Bracelet Model 191

Claude Wesel Gold Ring Tube N°4500 – SOLD

Claude Wesel Gold Ring Tube N°4500 – SOLD

Bente Bonne For Georg Jensen Silver Enamel Necklace Model 120 – SOLD

Bente Bonne For Georg Jensen Silver Enamel Necklace Model 120 – SOLD

Bent Gabrielsen For Georg Jensen Silver Ring With Labradorite Model 170 – SOLD

Bent Gabrielsen For Georg Jensen Silver Ring With Labradorite Model 170 – SOLD

Anna Heindl Silver Gold Tourmaline And Amethyst Bracelet

Anna Heindl Silver Gold Tourmaline And Amethyst Bracelet

Andre Lamy Gold And Lapis Modernist Brooch – SOLD

Andre Lamy Gold And Lapis Modernist Brooch – SOLD

Arno Malinowski For Georg Jensen Silver Modernist Necklace Model 132 – SOLD

Arno Malinowski For Georg Jensen Silver Modernist Necklace Model 132 – SOLD

Arno Malinowski For Georg Jensen Silver Bracelet – SOLD

Arno Malinowski For Georg Jensen Silver Bracelet – SOLD

Astrid Fog For Georg Jensen Silver Necklace Model 235 – SOLD

Astrid Fog For Georg Jensen Silver Necklace Model 235 – SOLD

Astrid Fog For Georg Jensen Rare Silver And Enamel Necklace Model 238

Astrid Fog For Georg Jensen Rare Silver And Enamel Necklace Model 238

Line Vautrin

Line Vautrin

Fritz Maierhofer

Fritz Maierhofer

Axel Jensen

Axel Jensen

Anni and Bent Knudsen

Anni and Bent Knudsen

Henning Koppel

Henning Koppel

Arno Malinowski

Arno Malinowski

Vivianna Torun

Vivianna Torun

SOPHIA VARI

SOPHIA VARI

BENT GABRIELSEN

BENT GABRIELSEN

ASTRID FOG

ASTRID FOG

TUK FISHER

TUK FISHER

Bente Bonné

Bente Bonné

Steffen Andersen

Steffen Andersen

Claude Wesel

Claude Wesel

Flemming Eskildsen

Flemming Eskildsen

Ibe Dahlquist

Ibe Dahlquist

Nanna Ditzel

Nanna Ditzel

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