What a delight to be invited by Corporate Culture and Georg Jensen to the first ever showing of the Silver Ambassador Collection in Sydney yesterday. It was quite magical to be surrounded by countless bowls, goblets, trays and pieces of cutlery, all made of solid silver and paintakingly made by hand in Copenhagen. Set against a backdrop of Corporate Culture’s wonderful furniture, flowers by Grandiflora and styling by the brilliant Steve Cordony and sparkling in the sunlight, it was a really beautiful experience!
If, like me, you’ve known Georg Jensen mainly for its stunning modern jewellery, it is well worth discovering the history behind a company which has been around since 1904. Head of Silver Anne Mette Muller-Krogstrup, brought that history to life as she spoke passionately about the craftmanship of a brand where only exceptional quality is good enough. Tableware like these are where it all started for Georg Jensen and it’s a huge part of their business today. You can see why Jensen brought her over from Denmark for the occasion as I’m sure not many people could tell the story better.
The most expensive piece on show is worth over $200,000 but when you consider it takes almost six months to make by hand, then it doesn’t seem so overpriced. I’ll take two!
Seriously though, while many of the bigger pieces are out of the price range of many, Anne Mette says we should all treat ourselves to a little something so beautiful, even if it’s just two wine goblets for you and your loved one or one incredible spoon you use every day because, after all, life is too short. And the late great Georg Jensen himself came from very humble beginnings. I’ve already started saving…
This Art Deco style teapot was one of my favourite pieces.
This silversmith gave a demonstration of hammering the silver by hand. It’s a highly skilled job requiring a steady hand, a lot of passion and 100 times more patience than I’ll ever have!
The beautiful furniture at Corporate Culture complemented the silverware so well. Managing director Richard Munao is known for his love of Danish design.