|Lina Christensen finished training as a goldsmith in 1985 and later went to a trade school that specialised in gold and silver. In 1989 she worked as a goldsmith at the Georg Jensen Silver Smithy studio and began working as a designer in 1999.|
Christensen opened her own independent jewellery gallery in 1991 and her work has been shown as part of numerous exhibits, in Denmark as well as internationally. Christensenâ€™s jewellery is inherently Scandinavian, as is evident in her work. Tight, organic lines form the basis of her clean design language. She is a contemporary artist building on the legacy of her Danish heritage and training. One can see the relationship of her works to those of the great names of the golden age of Danish design, like Henning Koppel for example. The look is modern and elegant.
A great example of her classic Scandinavian handiwork is seen in her 2002 collection Extra, which was a very popular debut and continues to be a favourite jewellery design. Christensenâ€™s progression from goldsmith to designer represents Georg Jensenâ€™s longstanding tradition of growing and nurturing the artists with which they work.
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In 1904 the Danish silversmith Georg Jensen founded his first modest silver smithy in the heart of Copenhagen. Thirty years later, he had made an international name for himself. When he died in 1935, the New York Herald Tribune saluted him as "the greatest silversmith of the last 300 years."
Georg Jensen was unique among silversmiths because he was as devoted to art as he was to craftsmanship. He had intimate knowledge of materials and brought this experience to bear on all of his designs.
One of the most important parts of his legacy was that he was not satisfied just to realize his own talent. He went a step further and created a tradition, an inspiring and demanding framework for creative artists and proud craftsmen. Today, Georg Jensen encompasses more than just the man; the name is now a concept synonymous with excellent Danish design throughout the world.
In his early years, Jensen was heavily influenced by Art Nouveau style. He made it his own, though, by combining the sculptor's strong, free lines with the silversmith's intuitive feel for the material. His works are characterized by his fertile, creative imagination, and his capacity to innovate new styles. It has been said of Georg Jensen that "he never followed fashion, he created it."
Following an exhibition at the Danish Museum of Decorative Arts in Autumn of 1904, Georg Jensen designs became fast favourites of Copenhagen's high society. As time went by he surrounded himself with a staff of talented colleagues, laying the foundation for a definite artistic and artisan morale.
Beginning in 1912, Danish expansion of the studio was underway. In 1917, Jensen built workshop large enough to hold hundreds of employees. By the time he had died in 1935, Georg Jensen was an international design house where inspired artisans were encouraged to carry on the tradition of mixing expert craftsmanship with forward-thinking design.