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The TAFFEL Collection


The art of table setting

A well-set table is the host’s warm welcome to the guests. As a guest, you instantly feel at home, if a beautiful table
greets you. To put great care and consideration into setting the table is a heartfelt gesture to the guests. In essence, a display of your affection and appreciation. Setting the table with a white tablecloth and folded napkins is a revival of some old virtues that we have lost or forgotten in our busy everyday lives. However, the idea of the meal as a social gathering point is more alive than ever. With or without the tablecloth and napkins.
Setting the table is a form of expression, which is an integrated part of our culture. Designer Margrethe Odgaard’s fascination for the art of table setting began with a curiosity for the folding of napkins and the cultural heritage
the napkin represents as part of the well-set table. As a further development of Margrethe Odgaard’s folding of napkins and her thoughts about their cultural meaning, she became interested in table setting itself. In her search for knowledge, Margrethe contacted The Royal Danish Court where traditions have been preserved for centuries.

In training at the Royal Danish Court
Margrethe Odgaard was invited to follow the table setters at The Royal Danish Court closely for two days, as they prepared for the new years banquet in 2014. Based on this experience of the royal traditions and expertise in the art of table setting, the lines of the TAFFEL design came to life. TAFFEL is inspired by the core of our common history of table setting as a protected discipline within a royal context, as well as the established traditions of table setting in the folk culture. We set the table today as we have done through generations. Royal or not.

Woven guidelines to table setting

The way we set the table follows a certain pattern. A pattern Margrethe Odgaard repeats in the TAFFEL design as a
repetition of our history, making us conscious of the unconscious patterns of behaviour that lie within us when setting the table.

Weave drawing of Margrethe Odgaard’s design with six place settings.

The lines of the design are meant as guidelines for table setting, talking to us from earlier times. Like a gentle whisper
in your ear, if you need it. They are very subtle, as it is life around the table which is supposed to make a noise and
be louder than the design.

The lines of the design are meant as guidelines for table setting, talking to us from earlier times. Like a gentle whisper
in your ear, if you need it. They are very subtle, as it is life around the table which is supposed to make a noise and
be louder than the design. TAFFEL is a celebration of the togetherness around the table, and not just the well-set table. To Margrethe Odgaard the most important thing is the togetherness of family and friends, not the design itself. It has a function, which is to bring people together. The rest of the table setting is up to you.

Watch the films below and try it at home.

The TAFFEL Collection

Designer Margrethe Odgaard sets the TAFFEL table, as a celebration of making an effort. To make every meal a special occasion whether you set the table for spaghetti Bolognese or for a wedding.




TAFFEL FOLD 01

TAFFEL FOLD 01 is a classic napkin folding, which is also known as Bishop.




TAFFEL FOLD 02

TAFFEL FOLD 2 Taffel fold 02, also known as Tavern, is a fold which stands gracefully on the table.





TAFFEL FOLD 03

TAFFEL FOLD 03 Taffel fold 03 is a fold resembling a leaf. For this reason it is also known as Leaf.




TAFFEL is unfortunately no longer in our collection, as we sometimes have to make room for new designs in our collection. However, both tablecloth and napkins are kept safe in our archive – ready for a relaunch when the time is right. The story is however just as relevant if you set the table with TAFFEL or a different design.

See all the tablecloths in our current collection.

About Damask

Georg Jensen Damask is a culture bearer within Danish design tradition as well as the history of craft. Our history is built on proud weaving traditions since 1756, but members of the family behind Georg Jensen Damask have been weavers all the way back to the 1500s.  The weaving is based on a classic design with a focus on functionality and quality both back then and today.


Throughout times we have worked together with some of the most acknowledged weavers, designers and architects, for example Arne Jacobsen, Cecilie Manz, Andreas Engesvik, Margrethe Odgaard and Nanna Ditzel. Furthermore, we have been involved in several projects with the Royal Danish Court and we are proud to call ourselves Purveyor to Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark.

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