Dansk Designs

The stunning enamel pitcher on the photo below is one I have in my home.It was made by Dansk Designs

Jens Harald Quistgaard (April 23, 1919 – January 4, 2008) was a Danish sculptor and designer, known principally for his work for the American company Dansk Designs, where he was chief designer from 1954 and for the following three decades. Though a sculptor and grounded in traditional handicrafts, he quickly established a career as an industrial designer. From the mid-1950s his tableware and kitchenware designs became synonymous with Scandinavian modern and found their way into millions of homes in the USA, Europe and Japan. With his international orientation and success he was groundbreaking, and he had great significance for the place which Danish design acquired in the minds of many Americans.[1] In 1958 he received the Neiman Marcus Award and during the following years he was represented at major museums in Europe and the USA. Many of Jens Quistgaards works are still produced today.

Dansk Designs (also known as Dansk International Designs starting in 1974) was an American distributor and retailer of cookware, tableware, and other home accessories based in Mount Kisco, New York. As of 2011, the brand is called Dansk and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lenox Corporation with headquarters located in Bristol, Pennsylvania

Jens Quisgaard's Kobenstyle line of enameled steel cookware for Dansk had it's start in late 1955 as seen in the following Neiman-Marcus ads from December 1955. It's interesting to note that there's absolutely no mention of Dansk or Jens Quisgaard at all in the text of these advertisements. My best guess is that both Dansk and Jens Quistgaard were not deemed recognizable enough to be included in Neiman-Marcus's advertising at this time. 

His enamel on steel tableware and kitchenware series from 1955 was called Kobenstyle.    

      with no significant changes to the design barring a alteration to the Dansk corporate identity and logo in late 1959 or thereabouts to make a universal identifying mark for use on the entire Dansk line.

The four ducks mark is only on items made in Denmark (1959-1965).These are more                                                     sought-after by collectors.

The next significant changes come in late 1965 (as noted on page 169 of the December 4, 1965 issue of the New Yorker). It is at this point that the first new designs in a decade are introduced in the Kobenstyle line, the pans are altered and now have teak handles, the colors are changed and production moves from Denmark to France. 


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