Henning Koppel Candlestick 956B, 4 Branches, Sterling Silver
- The Designer
- The Maker
Candelabra 956 was the first piece of hollowware Henning Koppel designed on his return from Sweden. He presented a model of the design made of plaster, clay and plasticine—it looked like nothing that had been made at Georg Jensen before. The silversmiths did not know how to make the piece in silver. It would take a lot of pounding—and bending and splitting the silver in several pieces, which then would have to be soldered together again and then the grinding and polishing.
Koppel got impatient to see the project realized and suggested casting the candelabra. Georg Jensen Silversmihy had no experience with silver casting and it was done at a bronze foundry. It was returned in several smaller pieces—because that was the only way it could be cast. It looked completely hopeless, but so much effort had already been put into the project that the candelabra might as well be assembled, grinded and polished. Finally, the candelabrum was finished and no further examples of this model were made until the re-introduction in 2005. Both candelabra are still being cast. However, with today's techniques it is possible to cast in one piece. It is not an easy task though—for the casting technique this is a large piece, and the fact that the surface is smooth requires an expert caster as otherwise the casting will come out full of pores which are too large and too deep to polish out.
- Brand:Georg Jensen of Denmark
- Country Denmark
- SKU: GJ-3527808-FJ
- Material Sterling Silver
- Designer:Georg Jensen of Denmark
- Dimensions:H: 3.97"
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.