With its sculptural character, Alliance is designed to float around its wearer, embracing and enveloping the body. The feeling and fit are so flexible, the pieces seem as if they are designed with you in mind. Each cutting-edge style is woven out of a single, lightweight strand of silver. Timeless yet playful, Alliance reminds us that we should always focus on possibilities rather than limitations. Who would have thought of the complexity that was hiding in a single cord of silver? Designer Allan Scharff had the vision to turn a simple form into something infinitely more intriguing. Alliance is a distinctive addition to any jewelry collection, not to mention a living example of the power of imagination.
Allan Scharff began his professional career with Georg Jensen at the age of 17. He worked there from 1963 - 1967 and earned an apprentice certificate as a silversmith. He specialized in hollowware and his graduation project was the execution of a complicated pitcher designed by Henning Koppel. After completing his apprenticeship, he went to the Guldsmedehojskolem (Goldsmith High School) of the Insitut for AEdelmetal (Danish Institue of Precious Metals). He graduated in 1975 and then worked as an independent silversmith from 1975 to 1978.
From 1978 to 1979, he was the silversmith in residence at the Herning Kunstmuseum (Herning Museum of Art) in Herning, Denmark. He was an advisor and designer for the Hans Hansen Silversmithy from 1978 to 1987 when he began working for the Georg Jensen Silversmithy designing jewelry, hollowware and watches. He has also designed ceramic and glass pieces for Royal Copenhagen Porcelain, Orrefors and Holmegaard.
These days he works out of a studio in Copenhagen as "designing silversmith." He designs and executes hollowware items, many of them commissioned pieces.
He has received many awards including the World Crafts Council Europe Award in 1993 and the Bayerrischer Staatpreis in 1995. His work has been widely exhibited worldwide and he was the youngest founder of Danish Silversmiths in 1976, a group composed of many of Denmark's leading silversmiths who still stage exhibitions.
He is currently working on a collection for the Danish Museum of Decorative Arts in Copenhagen which will open next year.
With a history that spans more than 100 years, the Georg Jensen brand represents quality craftsmanship and timeless aesthetic design, producing lifestyle products ranging from hollowware to watches, jewellery and home products.
The philosophy of Georg Jensen himself was to create democratic designs possessing both functionality and beauty. His artisanal skill and artistic talent combined with his continuous ability to identify and support design talent was the foundation on which he built Georg Jensen in Copenhagen in 1904.
Georg Jensen’s style embraced the Art Nouveau lines of the day but injected them with a distinctive vigour that continues to resonate today. Serene flowing forms are enriched by exquisitely sculpted ornamentation and his stylised bouquets of flowers and lush bunches of grapes reflect his sensual delight in nature. Our most important task is to leverage the ideas and principles of the master himself and translate these into the design of the present day.
The Georg Jensen brand is based on a number of shared values such as integrity, authenticity and Danish design. All resonating the Scandinavian values - the simplicity of life, the Nordic light, clean water and fresh air – and all capsulised in the Georg Jensen Vision, Mission and Values. Respecting our DNA and our values it is both our obligation and our opportunity to run a profitable business providing products relevant to the consumer of today.