Celebrating a distinctive designer
Bent Georg Jensen 100 years
"The past is the prerequisite for the future," he said. The designer behind the Abild tea towel, the 1959 kitchen towel and the Northern Light and Tripp bed sets, Bent Georg Jensen, would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. 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, including from the Textile Institute in Borås, Sweden, where he graduated as a textile engineer. In his work, he both safeguarded 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. Together, they created many of the iconic damask patterns that can still be found in the Georg Jensen Damask collection.
Bent Georg Jensen himself developed a series of unique, minimalist damask patterns, all based on the ancient craft of weaving. Among his most famous designs are the striped Abild tea towel and the Northern Light bed set.
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