Tuesday, April 29, 2014

In case of emergency...

I always dreamed of being a glassblower. Glass is magic, it has vibrant colors, transparency, is worked when it is glowing hot and it is a relatively cheap material; everything that gold and silver isn't. 
I never had the chance to learn glassblowing and now I'm quite content to work in metal. However I feel very happy to have taken the time to experiment with some lampwork and have practiced blowing tiny bubbles of colorful glass in my workshop.
The result being 'In case of emergency - break glass'; the name of the ring where an airy glass bubble embraces the setting of a sparkling diamond in a silver or gold ring. A poetic and humorous take on the classic solitaire ring.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A social Act

Jeg er så heldig at være med i en loge; ikke en af de hemmelige der har rødder tilbage i de klassiske håndværk og hvis optagelsesritualer involverer døde høns og oplæsning på latin. Min lille loge er opstået en sen nattetime på et af byens brune værtshuse i muntert lag med andre udøvende typer.
Vi har den særlige egenskab i logen at vi altid griner meget sammen, I ved; der er sådan en menneskelig kemi og samhørighed der gør at alting bliver sjovt når vi er i selskab med hinanden, ikke forceret eller plat, bare virkelig sjovt. Det var derfor naturligt at foreslå netop disse damer at mødes over en alternativ spiseoplevelse hos de to kokkegutter i kødbyen der kalder deres events 'The Social Act', og det viste sig at være lige i skabet! Desværre var én logesøster forhindret, men det kom en italiensk/finsk madeventstuderende til gode; idet hun fik fornøjelsen af vores muntre selskab, (joeh; der findes skam Italiensk/finske madeventstuderende!!!)

Spiseoplevelsen, der var SÅ meget mere end bare et dejligt måltid mad, var virkelig uovertruffen; her ville det være naturligt at underholde jer med en lang liste over lækre fødevarer vi blev bespist med, men jeg vil blot sige at det hele var super lækkert og en simpel opremsning ville ikke yde lækkerierne retfærdighed, dog bliver jeg aldrig den store tilhænger af dehydreret mad, som åbenbart er det nye sort.

Som designer, med speciale i service og især bestik, havde jeg håbet på at se lidt flere udfordrende måder maden blev serveret på. Der blev hovedsagligt brugt klassisk bestik og service, lidt sjov med takeaway plastic og meget sjov med kaffeservicet. Men tænk; så havde man valgt at benytte en engangs-teske til en af forretterne, kan I høre forargelsen i mit udbrud? Naturligvis ikke forargelse over brugen af engangsbestik, for det er jeg jo stor tilhænger af, men her var der desværre tale om én af den slags der, efter min mening, burde forbydes i fødevareindustrien; bæredygtig eller ej, engangsbestik af træ er bare ikke lækkert at spise af!!!

Kaffeservicet var der gjort meget ud af. En ung mexicansk fyr havde hygget sig med at dreje keramikkopper med rund bund så de ikke kunne stå af sig selv. Ikke et godt design for mig der altid levner en sjat, men en god kilde til at engagere sig i hinandens kaffedrikkeri. Nogle af kopperne var yderligere bundet sammen to og to med snore så korte at man var afhængig af at den der havde koppen i den anden ende af snoren/rummet samarbejdede. Alt i alt skabte kaffedrikkeriet en dejlig masse postyr på tværs af det lille lokale og The Social Act levede i dén grad op til sit navn hele vejen igennem aftenen; det var tydeligt at gæsterne alle var kommet for at få en god oplevelse med ligesindede madglade og åbenhjertige folk og det var så opløftende at opleve at god gourmetmad kan være meget andet end sagte restaurantsamtaler over korrekt dækkede borde med stentøjstallerkener der skal illudere ny nordisk skovbund (no offense keramiske venner, I ved jo jeg elsker jeres arbejde) og mad der er så korrekt anrettet at man ikke er i tvivl om at der er benyttet skydelære.

Jeg gik fra Kødbyen med et helt fuldt kinderæg; En spøjs pakke der mest lignede et kit til indsamling af sædprøver; en bekræftelse på at måltidets rammer er mindst ligeså vigtige som maden og med følelsen af at have fået en ny håndfuld dejlige logevenner.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 - the year of the spoon

Så fik vi igen overdraget et helt nyt, let krøllet men ubrugt år , lige til at tage i brug. Den slags giver altid anledning til at gøre status over det forgangne år og sætte, ofte urimelige, mål for det nye; det springer jeg fint hen over i år og glæder mig blot over at 2014 umuligt kan blive lige så udfordrende som 2013...umuligt! 

Nytårsfortsættet er helt klart at lave mange flere skeer i 2014. Hvis der overhovedet er noget jeg kan gøre for verdensfreden og klimaproblematikken, må det være at lave skeer; små skeer og store skeer, korte eller lange skeer, skeer der er smukke og som folk bliver glade af at bruge og skeer som bringer lykke til den der får den foræret ved en særlig anledning. Skeer der indbyder til fordybelse; slow eating; til at tygge maden grundigt og smage ordentligt på den. En ske der kan bringe næring til en svær debat. En ske der er nem at tage i den anden hånd, eller een der er til at bide skeer med.
Eller bare en ske der opfylder det mest basale behov og gør det muligt at spise havregrød uden nogen dikkedarer.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Teapot in the making

Here's a glimpse of the process behind the making of one of my latest pieces; a silver teapot with ebony lid. As shown on the first image, I started out with a flat sheet of 0.8 mm sterling silver, a thinner gauge than I normally use, and it proved to be more difficult to raise than the 1 mm or 1.2mm I normally go for. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The beginning of something new

In a time like this where 'relaunch' is seen a little too often within the Danish design scene, it's a pleasure to be part of a real launch, and a really exciting one as well. Yesterday the Danish jewellery brand Trollbeads presented a brand new jewellery concept to the world; X by trollbeads, and I have had the pleasure of designing some of the pieces in the collection. I could explain the concept to you in detail, but Isabel is doing it so well in this little film:




So now you know what it's all about and I hope you find it exciting to be able to build your own bracelet or neckpiece that shows your personality and reflects your style. In this little film I tell you about my designs and my thoughts on X.



If you wish to explore the great pieces go to www.xbytrollbeads.com or visit the new flagship store in Østergade in Copenhagen.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Gold drops


Now on the shelves; drops of gold for your warm late summer tan.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Admirably, old and wise.

Looking back at the past week, I seem to have spend most evenings with wise elderly men that I admire.
Firstly I had the pleasure of experiencing the Indian philosopher and writer Swami Parthasarathy who visited Copenhagen and gave an introduction to his ideas and his view upon life. The 86 years old guru encouraged us to develop our intellect, to be giving and thoughtfull  and challenged our way of living. He explained how concentration, consistency and cooperation was the keywords to becoming succesfull and 
Secondly I had the pleasure of dining with my father on his first day out of hospital in 5 weeks, a nice evening that we all enjoyed. He has just had major surgery done and is still hospitalized but were allowed a trip out into the real world. I was more than delighted to make his favorite food and very happy to have an afternoon with him under more relaxed circumstances.
Thirdly I spend last night at a concert with my all time favorite band; The Pet Shop Boys. Two men aged 50+ with a weakness for things that say 'ding' and 'blip' and a really large selection of strange hats.
In retrospect I feel very fortunate to be in such good company.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Twig spoons

I just love this photo of my 'Twig Spoons' shot by James Bates. Poetic and fragile twigs combined with re-used leaves from old silver teaspoons.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Duck love

Snowdrop necklaces from 975.-
The ducks have started doing naughty things in the lake outside my windows at home today. I live in the furthest part of Copenhagen, out where the city is extended with old cardboard boxes and where the windchill factor always is in two digits. People that don't live or have their daily life in Ørestad, a reasonably new part of Copenhagen, normally describe the place as a windy urban concrete landscape without any soul whatsoever, lacking of culture and other urban pleasures.
They are very wrong; we might not have the extended caffe-latte-culture out here, but we certainly had a lot of dating couples today, as mother nature loosened up a bit, giving us hope of spring to arrive soon. The couples dating was mallards; a duck recognized on the males beautiful green head, found in pairs all over the common wild life speed dating. 
Oh joy! That means that the snowdrops are revealed from under the melting snow and we can look forward to little ducklings in the lake, strawberries and long scandinavian summer nights. 
Winter is soooo last season.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

and a happy new year....

Four weeks into the new year and I haven't taken the time to wish you all a happy new year. I know it's a bit late now, however now we have taken a bite of 2013, and I don't know about you, but I really like the taste of it. 
January has been busy so far and I have done some of the things I like best; made customized pieces for those who didn't get what they wished for at christmas, taught nice people, made new models for the summer collection, developed new products for new customers, neerded with some 3d modeling and started the planning of a new website. All in all it has been a fine year so far, so here it is; HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Facebook site

If you use facebook on a regular basis, you are welcome to follow me here as well.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tasty new pieces in the shop

Last friday this little guy moved into the shop in Møntergade; along him came Louise Degn who is the 'baker'. Louise will be working in the shop and her beautiful pieces of jewelry can be found here. Louise is trained as a goldsmith and have developed a series of playful and humorous jewelry, using gold, silver and precious stones. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Snow Drops


Beauty, simplicity and the flora of the Nordic countries is the starting point of my new series of jewelry. Little elegant buds in polished or oxidized silver to remind us that even though the winter is long, cold and dark, it is filled with bright moments and spring WILL return once again.


All pieces are produced by hand at the workshop in Copenhagen; some in series and some in one-offs. Stop by the shop to see some more models.

Necklace, sterling silver, from 4500.-
Necklace, Oxydized silver and Tahitipearl, price on request.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Blickfang


'Blickfang' is a German design event that has taken place in some of the largest German cities over the last decade. Now Copenhagen has the pleasure of hosting a Danish version of the design event and I've got my expectations very high.
Danish design had it's glory throughout the 50ties and seem to struggle to move on from there. A lot of the larger companies producing home ware and interior play it safe and instead of engaging new designers, they take up old and safe products, eventually change the colors, and relaunch them to the sentimental Danish consumers: for example is the company '&Tradition's newest product this year, a sofa designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1939. 
All though Jacobsen was a master and his sofa probably is both elegant, beautiful and well designed; we need to support the designers of the time we live in, in order to keep innovation flow and build masters for the future. 
Blickfang provides a forum that has been missing at the design scene in our region and I hope it will turn into an yearly success in Copenhagen.    

I'll support the new event and will be showing some of my latest work in Øksnehallen 9.-11. november. I hope to meet a lot of talents from all over Europe and look forward to speak to galleries, retailers and customers interested in design products of our time. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

More spoons

I can't help it, I'm still as enthusiastic about spoons as I have always been; even after being surrounded by spoons the last month or so. I felt a little sad taking down the exhibition 'SPÅN' and therefore I thought It could last a little longer here; so enjoy my snapshots along with the fine texts by Thomas Oldrup. (Sorry that it's in Danish; I hope Google translate is your friend)

”Twins”
Det her er tvillingeskeer, de er spejlet, men de er ikke hysterisk ens, lidt ligesom tveæggede tvillinger. Størrelsen signalerer BARNDOM, det venligt buttede afrundede. De er uproportionerede: stort hoved, lille krop, ligesom børn. Du får lyst til at tage dem op og passe på dem.
Det har i århundreder været kutyme at forære det nyfødte barn en dåbsske, fx med dets navn indgraveret.
Og man kan ”tage skeen i den anden hånd”, hvis man gerne vil starte på en frisk. Selvom det en lidt ubekvem og akavet start, da det er svært at spise med den ”forkerte” hånd. Og hun kan være ”ikke sådan art bide skeer med”. Og man kan være født med ”sølvske i munden” - eller oppe i røven som det også høres. I begge tilfælde betyder det - udover en ret smertefuld fødsel for såvel barn som mor - at man kommer fra pæne kår og har haft det lige lovlig let.

”Feeding the birds”
Det er dyrplageri. Den stakkels lille fugl forventer at der er dækket op med det helt store kaffestel, eller i det mindste med resten af skeen, når den lander her. Men den bliver skuffet.
Til gengæld er der god plads derinde og en fed akustik, så meget at det ligner en cool højttaler. Måske kan fuglen spille på resten af skeen?
Skeer er også MUSIKALSKE. Man kan spille på skeer. Rockbandet Soundgarden har lavet en fin og dyster sang, ”Spoonman”, hvor der sågar er en skesolo af gadekunstneren Artis the Spoonman. Samme skespiller har spillet med Frank Zappa og er stadig aktiv på Seattles gader og stræder.
Skeer er et billigt og velkendt instrument, især i folkemusik. Angiveligt skulle Boris Jeltsin have været en ganske habil skespiller, overfor sine embedsmænd foretrak han at spille på træskeer.

”Engangsbestik”
Her er de, i alle regnbuens hidsige farver, det er junk. De har været gratis, nogle af dem endda stjålne. De er røget i en montre, som var de SOMMERFUGLE på små synåle. Men gør dét det til kunst? Mest af alt ligger de der og hviner – skingert: Hvad er folk egentlig villige til at gå med til, rent designmæssigt? How low can we go?

”Jæger/samler”
Skeen, som instrument, er en praktisk forlængelse af de hule hænder, der stikkes ned i bækken efter frisk vand for at slukke sin tørst. Ske betyder – ifølge Salmonsens – oprindeligt et udkløvet træstykke og har samme betydning som en spån. Et ord, der både på engelsk og islandsk stadig betyder ske. Begge ord hentyder altså til træskeerne som de ældste og mest primitive. I Danmark er der fundet en ske helt tilbage fra det arkæologerne kalder klassisk oldtid, og muligvis ældre.
Stenaldermanden kunne spise af sådan nogle skeer her, hvis du forestiller dig sølvet erstattet med en musling i samme størrelse. Hvis han altså havde oceaner af tid, og måske risikerede at blive drillet af de andre stenaldermænd, der syntes at han var tosset.
Træ forgår. Det gør sølv ikke. Om en million år er dig og skaftet borte. Men Lones laf af sølv, den er her STADIG. Tænk lige over dét, når du går i seng i aften.
”Grenskeer”
Kulturen møder naturen. De bornholmske bøgegrene er megapoetiske, de råber FORÅR. Du vil have natur ind i stuen, og det skal du få. Lafferne er videreforarbejdning af gamle skeer, det er genbrug, det er øko.
Men de er jo håbløse at have stående i sin sukkerskål. Så skeerne er samtidig et filosofisk eller kunstteoretisk spørgsmål. Nogle af dem kan du til nød godt spise din budding med, andre er ret så upraktiske. De spørger dig: Hvornår bliver noget normalt anvendeligt så upraktisk, at det bliver til kunst?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

MuMu-Land

The MuMu's
While we are building my new website, you can here get an overview of the ten friends.They come in two sizes and you can buy them online in my shop or at www.nuuru.com



Monday, August 6, 2012

Spån


I would be delighted to see you at the opening of the exhibition 'Spån'. The private view will be held August 23th from 4 to 7 p.m. in my shop in Møntergade.


The spoon is just a simple tool that does not make much fuss, but spoons have a very special place in my heart and with this exhibition I will try to share that passion with you. 
The spoon is lovable because of its friendly and feminine nature, with its round leaf as a head and its long shank as a body it resembles a small person.
The spoon represents, for example, the regular everyday life and have always done it, it is an object we all handle on a daily basis and even put in our mouths. 
The spoon is the first tool we learn to handle and thus it is the spoon that separates humans from animals, as we have learned the good manners so we can consume our food in a civilized manner. To elevate the spoon to be a symbol of the culture we have created is perhaps going a little too far, but through my work I want to put more focus on this little creature being placed above the plate and signals that there will be something sweet after the main course.

As an opposition to the use-and throw-away culture, I want to create unique objects that speak to the senses and generates joy through daily use. My spoons are made ​​by hand and must be experienced by hands: therefore I have called the show 'Spån'. Spån is Danish for chip and refers of course to the manufacturing process and in addition, the English word 'Spoon' is a derivation of the word 'spån'.



The exhibition is a part of the Sct. Loye event arranged by the Guild of Jewellers in Copenhagen. A list of the other exhibitions can be seen here.

Friday, June 22, 2012

A brooch for a queen

In connection with Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee, I was trusted to make a brooch which was given to her when she, on her trip around the country, visited the town of Exeter. The brooch was designed by the Danish couple behind Studio RoSo whom I met during my studies at The Royal College of Art. The two designers has just designed a very beautiful piece of art to be installed in the town of Exeter, and the brooch was a miniature part of this sculptural representation of a tree. 
The many polished facets was a great challenge to my craftsmanship, but with a good deal of patience and technical skills the brooch was successfully completed and the queen was indeed happy when she received it at May 2nd in Exeter.
Photo: Iben Kaufmann



Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Green and Black

Yesterday I felt very lucky to sneak peak into Gurli's oven full of lovely green and black ceramic teapots and an amazing one-off. It was an exciting moment when the lid was lifted revealing a well full of unbroken pieces, nothing exploded or discolored. The little penguins looked very curious to get out of their warm nest.
The processes of making ceramics is very different from the ones I know, and I have the deepest respect for Gurli's skills, especially her knowledge on experimental glazing. 
Here is a film on her series of black teapots and how they are made, we are so lucky as to have a few for sale in the shop.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Grow your own...


What came first? The egg or the spoon?
Snapshot from 2006