Representing the first significant partnership with a contemporary artist since Georg Jensen’s collaboration with Verner Panton in 1988, the tea service will be offered in a limited edition of 10 sets, stamped with a distinctive Marc Newson makers mark.
Bearing the familial qualities of a reductive sculptural approach, which is realized through the craftsmanship of the Silversmithy, the service is comprised of 5 pieces: teapot, coffee pot, creamer, sugar bowl, and tray. Sculpted with the designer’s signature mastery of exquisite proportions, Newson’s shapes evoke an impression of nature, as did Mr. Jensen’s inventive ‘organic’ forms, created a century earlier.
The teapot, coffee pot, and creamer are embellished with responsibly sourced mammoth handles, while the tray’s perimeter is wound in natural rattan. Newson exercises his affinity for the biomorphic outline by adding an almost invisible cut-out with sliding door to the tops of the tea and coffee pots. This gives the hand wrought, near-classic pieces a subtle yet significant suggestion of an ‘industrial’ solution, while presenting new challenges to the Silversmithy as well as adding a modern contemporary paradigm to the Georg Jensen oeuvre.
The limited edition tea service requires more than three months of hand hammering, and will be made to order in the company’s workshop in Copenhagen by a third generation master silversmith whose grandfather worked side by side with the company’s founder, Georg Jensen.
Like those that came to the Silversmithy before him, Marc Newson joins the Georg Jensen family on his own terms.