"Jens Quistgaard, a celebrated Danish industrial designer whose clean-lined and immensely popular pieces for the Dansk brand of tableware helped define the Scandinavian Modern style for postwar Americans, died on Jan. 4 at his home in Vordingborg, Denmark. He was 88."
He was a prolific designer who really set a standard with his work for Dansk. I recently scored a huge lot of amazing Teak wood items that are up at auction this week, which inspired this post... but first lets take a look at some of the other things he is known for:
Here are a couple pieces of Kobenstyle enamelware I've sold in the past:
Yellow Coffee Pot & Pitcher Set
Yellow Casserole Cooking Pot
And look at what is up on eBay right now:
Aqua Casserole Cooking Pot - according to the seller, the rarest color!
Yellow Nesting Bowls
Here's a drool-worthy set:
Dansk Designs IHQ Flameware Coffee Service
I love the simple style of the glassware I've seen, in great colors!
Green Glass Vase
Here's a cool ad showing a nice variety of glass:
Ok, let's get to the Teak pieces that I was lucky enough to find! I bought them from a sweet woman who had them since she got married in the 50's... she was selling them to help raise college money for her granddaughter - isn't that nice? I wanted to keep them really, really, *really* badly - but practicality won out, as always.
Meat Serving Platter
Serving Tray or Platter - I actually got two of these!
Fjord Flatware - I got over 50 pieces of this amazing flatware, which I split up into place settings, except for my favorites, the iced tea spoons:
Awesome, huh? I love all of it! Click here to check out the rest - I have some trivets, coasters, napkin rings... a really unbelievable score!
In doing my research the most interesting thing I found is that the Teak pepper mills seem to be the most sought after - don't ask me why, but there is even a book about them for collectors:
They are cool, and there's several different shapes and styles... here's a couple that are up right now:
Dansk Teak Peugeot Pepper Mill
Dansk Teak Pepper Mill with Original Box
Oh wait! One other thing before I go -
I also got a really cool cast iron candle holder and 2 boxes of the candles that were made especially for the Quistgaard holders:
There are several styles of these, this one I really love:
Cast Iron Candelabra Style Candle Holder
He actually designed a ton of candle holders - silver, teak, glass, cast iron - and if you are looking to add some Danish modern flair to your vintage decor, they are an affordable way to go!
Looking this post over I think it may be one of the longest ones I've ever done... it's ok, if anyone deserves it, it's Jens Quistgaard!