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Jens Quistgaard


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Jens Quistgaard

Jens Harald Quistgaard (1919-2008) was a Danish industrial designer known principally as the chief designer for Dansk Designs. He brought Danish Modern to Mid-century American homes and transformed the way we look at household goods. Born into an artistic family in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1919, he demonstrated considerable artistic abilities while still a child. In 1954, his partnership with American businessman Ted Nierenberg led to the establishment of Dansk International Designs Limited.


Notable products made for Dansk Designs include the Fjord flatware set, the Kobenstyle series, wooden salt and pepper mills, the Congo teak ice bucket, and more. Over the course of his career, he was awarded the Lunning Prize in 1954, as well as the Scandinavian Award and six awards at the Milan Triennali.

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