Before becoming a designer for the studio, Johan Rohde was impressed by the craftsmanship of Georg Jensen. Their first collaboration dates from 1904, when Rohde commissioned Georg Jensen to make some objects for his own personal use. This collaboration was a great success for both sides. Rohde was impressed with Jensenâ?s talent and Jensen was impressed with Rohdeâ?s own skilled eye for design. Based on their initial cooperation, Jensen asked Rohde if he would design subsequent products for Georg Jensen. Rohde became one of the brandâ?s earliest artistâ?s to lend their unique vision to the studio.
Johan Rohde designed serene, elegant products for the silver smithy, beginning in 1906. Rohdeâ?s designs have much with in common with the designs of Georg Jensen himselfâ??his pieces bear the same characteristic hammer marks and use the same oxidization technique.
Rohdeâ?s designs, however, are much more highly stylized than Georg Jensenâ?s more natural Art Nouveau style. On the other hand, Johan Rohdeâ?s design is not strictly Art DÃ©co eitherâ??his designs are not purely geometric. Therefore, Rhodeâ?s work falls somewhere between the two: a unique amalgam of Art Nouveau and Art DÃ©co.
Rohdeâ?s original works are symbols of a remarkable era in design, and represent the richness of the Georg Jensen legacy