Copenhagen is charming. It’s all cobble stone alleyways, punctuated by grandiose museums and galleries. When the sun’s shining – like it was yesterday – the Danish flock to their canals to sip Carlsberg by the water, locking up their bicycles along ivy, lined avenues. It’s ultra-trendy, but in that timeless, sophisticated way that Scandinavia has gotten down to a T. It’s also well known for a commitment to design – for a country of just over 5million inhabitants – it’s gifted the world some enviable talent. One name that is synonymous with Danish design is Georg Jensen. With over a century of craftsmanship under its belt, Georg Jensen has been applying their timeless aesthetic to everything from cutlery to candleholders since 1904. It’s a lifestyle label in the truest sense, combining functionality with an artisanal spirit. I’ve long admired the brand – after all I once lived on these flat Danish shores – so when LoveGold got in touch and invited me to come back to wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen, I didn’t hesitate to say “ja!” The occasion? Georg Jensen’s 110 year anniversary. Hosted in the Thorvaldsen Museum – home to the sculptures of Bertel Thorvaldsen – the chefs of I’m A Kombo treated us to a locally foraged menu of coffee coated olives, truffle broth, slow cooked beef and chocolate tartlets. As one would expect, the table arrangement was breathtaking, with contemporary alter candles – super-sized for the occasion – and stylish cutlery. Amongst the guests were Georg Jensen’s designers – old and new – and their families. The occasion was large, but the atmosphere close and intimate – for an established company, with such an illustrious heritage, the mood was familiar and close-knit. I have to admit, I was quite moved to sit amongst individuals who had played key roles in contributing to the brands ongoing success. So how does a brand like Georg Jensen stay successful and current? Well, first and foremost it’s about curating a team of designers who bring a fresh perspective and pioneer design and craftsmanship – Georg Jensen is not one designer, but a team of talent. They refer to themselves as an “Art and Design” brand, looking to touch all areas of peoples lives – jewellery included. You’d be forgiven for associating Georg Jensen solely with silverware, but CEO David Chu explained that the brand has in fact been using high karat gold since the 1920’s – “If the last century has been about silver,” he explained, “than the next century is about gold – and silver too of course”. Their gold pieces are truly exquisite. Myself and photographer Victoria Stillwell set off around Copenhagen armed with key high karat gold pieces from the current collection. This season, 18 karat yellow and rose gold pieces have been ornamented with subtle diamonds, for that understated but elegant look. These are eye-grabbing, but unpretentious – the kind of item, that catches someone’s eye unexpectedly, in opposed to stealing the show. Gold is no longer reserved for the old and stuffy, in fact, if anything designers are increasingly creating pieces to suit the lifestyles and trends of a younger audience. For shooting around Copenhagen I’m wearing menswear shirting, lengthly scarfs, oversized roll-necks and voluminous boyfriend blazers – a youthful, sporty uniform that’s given an elegant twist with gold bangles, necklaces and rings.
Thank you to LoveGold for arranging my attendance at the 110th anniversary dinner, and to Georg Jensen for the warm welcome. Below is a glimpse of the reception, shot by Victoria Stillwell.
In this article I’m wearing the Georg Jensen Torun Bangle in yellow gold with white gold and diamonds, Dune Necklace & Bracelet in rose gold with cinnamon diamonds, Dune Bangle in yellow gold with white diamonds, Dune Ring in rose gold with cinnamon diamonds.
Image 4: Topshop Check Printer Duster Coat.
Image 7 and 8: Monki Sofia Hat and drape dress, Vintage Sweater and Monki dress.