Jens Quistgaard (1919–2008) was an excellent designer. During his career he created designs that during the 1950s and 1960s became synonymous with Scandinavian Modern, and found their way to trade fairs, exhibitions and homes around the world.
He was born into an artistic home in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1919. As a boy, he was deeply interested in drawing and ceramics, and as a youth he became an apprentice in his father’s sculptor’s studio. Later, he became an apprentice under Georg Jensen and developed from being a draughtsman and relief-maker to being a sculptural designer. Despite his incredible productivity at Danish Design, he always retained the idea of designing on the basis of his own ways and of modelling by hand before a design was put into production. In all aspects of his wide-ranging life’s work he approached an assignment with a new design from the perspective of a sculptor. His designs have always been characterised by a consistent preference – and respect – for the craft traditions he got to know so well as a young man. Jens Quistgaard produced a great number of designs – more than 4000 for Danish Design – but never compromised when it came to sculptural form and natural materials having to go hand in hand.