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Bernadotte Napkin Ring, 2 pcs.
Georg Jensen Bernadotte Napkin Ring, 2 pcs.
Designed by Sigvard Bernadotte
Item #: GJ3609375
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  • Designer: Sigvard Bernadotte
  • Item #: GJ3609375
  • Availability: 24 Hrs
  • Dimensions: D: 1.6" (4 CM)
  • Material: Mirror-Polished Stainless Steel
  • Gift Box: Georg Jensen Gift-Boxed
  • Country: Denmark
  • Fit for a King, for everyday use. The elegantly fluted shaft is the collections most notable feature and is associated with the sophisticated and aristocratic elegance we know from the beginning of the 20th century. Bernadotte was the Danish King Christian XÕs cutlery of choice. The design makes the cutlery easy to use and it is terrific for special occasions as well as sophisticated everyday use. The stainless steel version of the cutlery design was launched in 2011.

    Inspired by the beautiful lines in the Bernadotte design, the GJ Design Studio has developed a beautiful set of napkin rings as a perfect complement to the cutlery collection and which adds just a touch of that old school elegance to a beautifully set dinner table.
    Sigvard BernadotteSigvard Bernadotte was born prince as son of the Swedish king. He lost his title when he married his first wife. He was given the title of count by the Great-duchess of Luxembourg Josephine-Charlotte, daughter of his aunt Astrid, Queen of Belgium.

    He studied ornamental arts with Olle Hjortzberg but was first interested in theatre and studied stage design in Munich. He subsequently did some stage work in Berlin and designed a number of posters and stage designs and art directed three Swedish films.

    Impressed by the work of U.S Industrial designers, like Henry Dreyfuss, Raymond Loewy, Walter Dorwin Teague, whom he visited in the early thirties, he redirected his talents and interests in design. He had a live long design contract with George Jensen for whom he designed mostly silverware. The quality of that work was recognized by the New York Metropolitan Museum who has a number of them in its permanent collection.

    Before starting his own design office in Stockholm he was associated with Acton Bjorn in Copenhagen. This association that started in 1949 created the first real professional Industrial design office in Denmark.

    With Acton Bjorn (1910-1992), he designed for Odhner and Rosti AS and a number of other Scandinavian companies like Facit, Nils Johan, AB Husqvarna Borstfabrik, NK, Bang & Olufsen (Beolit 500) and Pressalit. He also designed for Rosenthal. He was co-founder of the Swedish Industrial Designers Society (SID) and for several years (1961-1963) president of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) where he had served on the board since 1957.

    Industrial Design might have been his "second" career choice, acting and theatre being his first love but unacceptable for the Swedish royal family, Sigvard Bernadotte became an important and influential industrial designer. Many of Sweden's early design icons were designed by him and both with Acton Bjorn and in Stockholm (Allied Industrial Designers) his offices were learning and starting points for many well known Swedish and Danish designers of the following generation.

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