Vivianna Torun

(1927 – 2004)

Vivianna Torun grew up in Malmö with her sculptor mother, town planner father and three older siblings. Her entire family was creative: a sister became a poet and her brother and other sister grew up to become architects. Torun began making jewelry as a teenager. She attended the Stockholm university of arts, crafts and design Konstfackskolan (later renamed Konstfack). She staged her first exhibition at the age of 21. In 1948 she traveled to Paris and Cannes, where she met painters Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Henri Matisse. A few years later she opened her own studio, which made her the first female silversmith in Sweden with her own workshop.

Throughout her career, Torun worked in Sweden, France, Germany and Indonesia.
In 1948, saying that she didn’t want to design jewelry for the wives of wealthy men to keep locked up in private, Torun began making what she called “anti-status jewelry” out of twisted silver wire embellished with crystals and stones. In 1959, she designed the Mobius necklace, which included a lead crystal drop to be draped over the shoulder of the wearer. It was described by Barbara Cartlidge, author of the reference book Twentieth Century Jewelry, as a “milestone in the history of modern jewelry.” In 1962, Torun designed a stainless steel bangle-style wristwatch for an exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. It later became the first wristwatch to be produced by the world-renowned Danish silver company Georg Jensen.
In 1960, Torun was awarded a gold medal at the 1960 Milan Triennale and also won the American Lunning Prize for design, given annually to innovative Scandinavian designers in their thirties. She then met the Danish silversmith Georg Jensen, for whom she began designing exclusively in 1969.
Torun is the designer behind some of the most famous Georg Jensen jewelry designs, including ‘Mobius’, ‘The Vivianna / Open Watch’, ‘Beans’, ‘Forget me knot’ and ‘Hidden Heart’. She is the second most famous Georg Jensen designer, behind Jensen himself. In 1992 she was awarded the Prince Eugen medal by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden for outstanding artistic achievement. Also in 1992, the Georg Jensen form held an exhibition honouring 25 years of its association with Torun, 45 years of her work with silver and her 65th birthday. In the same year, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in the Louvre held a 45-year retrospective of Torun’s work.
Torun’s jewelry was inspired by natural shapes such as flowers, leaves, swirls and the flow of water. It is described as sober, minimalist and simple. Torun has been praised for her ability to shape solid materials into seemingly flexible forms, so that metal flows like water around the wearer’s neck and shoulders. She did not use valuable stones, preferring instead pebbles, granite, rock crystal, moonstone and quartz.[5] Torun’s jewelry has been worn by celebrities including Billie Holiday, Ingrid Bergman, and Brigitte Bardot, and her customers included Pablo Picasso and Duke Ellington. Her work can be seen in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Swedish National Museum in Stockholm, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Montreal, the Louvre in Paris, the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in London, and in the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.

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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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