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AJ

Butter Knife
ca.1958 (designed), 1959 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971) was one of Denmark's most influential 20th century architects and designers. Both his buildings and products, like his Swan and Egg Chairs, combine modernist ideals with a Nordic love of craftsmanship. One of his major projects was the design of the SAS (Scandinavian Airlines System) Royal Hotel, built on Hammerichsgade in the centre of Copenhagen between 1956 and 1960. He was not only responsible for the building's architecture but also the design for all its fixtures and fittings, including the furniture, textiles, crockery and this cutlery service, supplied to the hotel restaurant.


Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleAJ (trade title)
Materials and techniques
Stainless steel, forged
Brief description
Butter knife, stainless steel, Denmark, Copenhagen, made by A. Michelsen, 1959, designed by Arne Jacobsen, ca.1958.
Physical description
Butter knife, stainless steel. The handle a flat strip with a rounded tip, the blade with a straight leading edge, the lower edge curved returning to the handle.
Dimensions
  • Length: 7in
Style
Production typeMass produced
Marks and inscriptions
A.MICHELSEN / DENMARK (Etched on the blade)
Summary
Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971) was one of Denmark's most influential 20th century architects and designers. Both his buildings and products, like his Swan and Egg Chairs, combine modernist ideals with a Nordic love of craftsmanship. One of his major projects was the design of the SAS (Scandinavian Airlines System) Royal Hotel, built on Hammerichsgade in the centre of Copenhagen between 1956 and 1960. He was not only responsible for the building's architecture but also the design for all its fixtures and fittings, including the furniture, textiles, crockery and this cutlery service, supplied to the hotel restaurant.
Associated objects
Collection
Accession number
CIRC.143-1959

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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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