Back in the early 1920s, The Fine Art Society held two landmark exhibitions in London showcasing the work of the celebrated Danish silversmith and sculptor Georg Jensen. Now, nearly 100 years later, Jensen’s work forms the foundation of a selling exhibition at the Society’s New Bond Street gallery featuring a range of the master’s jewellery and tableware.
Nordic Design, which opens on Monday November 27, also features original furniture by some of the iconic figures of Scandinavian midcentury design, such as Hans Wegner and Peter Hvidt. Pieces like Wegner’s J16 rocking chair (1944, £2,000) or a dressing chest (c1950, £4,800) by Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen are elegant reminders of the warm modernist aesthetic pioneered by the Nordic greats.
“Nordic design’s appeal lies in its simplicity, functionality and the high quality of the craftsmanship,” says Pippa Stockdale, managing director of The Fine Art Society and curator of the show. “It’s quite difficult to choose favourite pieces, but the Dew Drop necklace [c1970, £3,000] by Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe for Georg Jensen is beautiful, and I am a huge fan of Wegner’s work – his CH22 lounge chair [1950, £5,500], which was one of his debut designs for Carl Hansen & Søn, is the one I really want to take home.”
Other highlights include designs by some lesser-known figures such as Kurt Østervig, whose bar cabinet (c1960, £8,000) is a delight, along with Philip Arctander’s endearing Clam chairs (1944, £28,000) in sheepskin and beechwood, which are infused with warmth, texture and sculptural elegance.
For those who might want to do their homework before visiting the show, take a look at the new tome Modern Scandinavian Design by Charlotte and Peter Fiell with Magnus Englund (Laurence King, £60).