Designed by Arne Jacobsen, 1957.
Manufactured by Georg Jensen, Denmark
18/8 Stainless steel cutlery.
Jacobsen is considered one of the greatest exponents of mid-century design. His furniture designs, in particular the Butterfly (Series 7) and Egg chairs have entered our conscious as icons of the era.
Perhaps less well know by the general public (although known and guarded jealously by design buffs) but equally as important in terms of design is this range of cutlery for Georg Jensen. Designed in 1957 to be used at the SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen (along with the Egg & Swan chairs) of which Jacobsen was the architect. He wielded such close control over the project he not only designed the building but also the furniture, door handles and this range of cutlery and in doing so created what is now considered to be the worlds first ‘design hotel’.
He was so pleased with it that he used it again when he designed St Catherine’s College, Oxford, his only UK building.
It is perhaps hard for us now to understand quite how futuristic this cutlery was when it was launched in the 1950’s. However so futuristic was its shape considered to be that ten years after its inception when Stanley Kubrick filmed ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ in 1968 he insisted the AJ cutlery had a starring role. Now, over a decade after the film is set, you have to agree he was right, it still looks like it has been beamed in from outer space.