Henning Koppel Candelabrum 1075, 3 Branches, Sterling Silver
- The Designer
- The Maker
The body of this candelabrum is made out of two pieces which are soldered together. From a flat sheet of silver the shape of the candelabra is cut out and then the silver is raised to form the body and the arms. The edges of the two halves are grinded and adjusted to a perfect fit and then soldered together. Thereafter, the bottom and the candle holders are soldered on. When the candle holders are made and soldered on it must be done with the utmost perfection, otherwise the candles will drip!
The actual candle holders on Candelabrum 1075 are separate pieces which are soldered on the rim of the three tops. Here the silversmith must make sure that they are 100% centerd on the rim. Another challenge for the silversmith is to ensure that the distance between the table and the two lower candle holders are the same. The distance between each of the three candle holders has to be the same and the top of all three candle holders have to be leveled.
This is of course a very simplified description of the production—a lot more steps go into making this candelabrum, which are made 100% by hand.
- Brand:Georg Jensen of Denmark
- Country: Denmark
- SKU: GJ-3527747-FJ
- Material: Ssterling Silver
- Designer:Georg Jensen of Denmark
- Dimensions:H: 10.24", W: 4.45", L: 16.14"
Koppel was an earlier pioneer of functionalism in design: his mission was to make everyday life products beautiful as well as practical. He was trained as a sculptor and began collaborating with Georg Jensen in 1946.
Henning Koppel is born to a wealthy Jewish family and showed an early talent for art, leading him to train in both drawing and aquarelle early on. He continued studies in sculpture at the Royal Danish Academy and later in Paris. His superb drafting skills, developed as a child, helped him in to produce outstanding product renderings of his designs. Even on their own, they form an exceptional body of work.
Like many Danish Jews, Koppel fled to Sweden during the Second World War. At 27, he returned and began working at Georg Jensen, which marked his start in jewellery, hollowware and flatware design. His first works â?? a series of necklaces and linked bracelets resembling whale vertebrae and microscopic organisms - were small masterpieces in imaginative modelling. Henning Koppel was in every way groundbreaking and his jewellery was unlike anything ever created at the silver smithy in its first 40 years.
When Henning Koppel died in 1981, aged 63, he had created an astonishing range of work: from stainless steel cutlery such as "New York" which found its way into the homes of millions, to magnificent one-off signature pieces such as the silver and crystal chandelier he designed to celebrate the 75-year anniversary of Georg Jensen in 1979.
During his life, he won many awards including the Milan Triennial, the International Design Award and the Lunning Prize. Accolades are important, but what means even more to us is that people still choose to wear a watch by Henning Koppel or to serve coffee from one of his pots. The integrity and appeal of his designs remain vital and undiminished.