Bent Georg Jensen

"The past is the prerequisite for the future," Bent Georg Jensen said. In the post-World War II era and for ensuing decades, the enterprising textile engineer and designer played an important role in Georg Jensen Damask's transformation from village weaving mill to design company, and was responsible for some of Georg Jensen Damask's most important classics.

Bent Georg Jensen (1923-2014) was a son of the Georg Jensen Damask family of owners, and at a very young age he attended weaving school during his holidays and later received a thorough weaving education, from the Textile Institute in Borås, Sweden, where he graduated as a textile engineer. In his work, he both cherished the craft of weaving while keeping an eye on modern tastes and needs.

In 1947, aged just 24, Bent Georg Jensen joined Georg Jensen Damask as CEO and, throughout the 1960s and 70s, he put design on the agenda, establishing collaborations with famous weavers such as Bodil Bødtker-Næss, John Becker and Vibeke Klint. Bent Georg Jensen developed new strategies towards damask weaving and ordered new automatic weaving machines from England and French jacquard weaves from France. In 1993 he opened a new factory building.

Bent Georg Jensen drew timeless designs for the company until 2011, all based on the ancient craft of weaving and unique, minimalist damask patterns. Among his most famous designs are the striped Abild tea towel and the Northern Light bed set.

Bent Georg Jensen was a member of the first counselling committee for textile design at the Design School Kolding.

Bent Georg Jensen