February 1, 2011

Q is for Quistgaard

Vintage Inspiration VI

PhotobucketJens Quistgaard (1919 - 2008) was a Danish born industrial designer.

In 1954, along with an American entrepreneur, Quistgaard co-founded Dansk International Designs.

Working from his studio in Copenhagen, Quistgaard served as Dansk's chief designer for more than 30 years. He turned everyday kitchen and tableware items into works of art and brought the Danish Modern style into America's kitchens.

He is known for his use of teak, stainless steel and colorful enameled steel.

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Chances are, if you've never owned one of his casseroles,
your mother did.



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This small collection of Quistgaard designed pepper mills originally belonged to my parents.
They displayed the mills in a single grouping, as do I.
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The lower portion of the mill contains the peppercorns and the grinding mechanism,
while the upper portion, which turns to grind the pepper, holds the salt.

Quistgaard's work can be seen in the permanent collections of the New York Metropolitan Museum, the NY Museum of Modern Art and the Louvre.
Danish Pepper: Jens Quistgaard's Teak Pepper Mills, by author and collector Mark Perlson, offers a fine history and analysis of Quistgaard's pepper mill design.

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I'm linking to
The Gypsy's Corner for Three or More Tuesday,
. . . off on my tangent . . . for Alphabe-Thursday's Letter Q and
the Coloradolady for Vintage Thingies Thursdays.
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22 comments:

  1. I like post where I learn a little something, and this was new to me. What a great collection of grinders. You come up with the most unique posts!

    Pat

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  2. I love the grinders. They would add such character to a table.

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  3. What a great designer to feature for Q. I have always loved Jens Quistgaard's work and have a set of his Kobenstyle pots in different colours.

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  4. Those salt and pepper shakers are works of art!!

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  5. What a fantastic designs! Truly objets d'art!

    XOXO Lola:)

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  6. What a handsome collection of peppermills~ they're so architectural!

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  7. Love the peppermills.Thanks for sharing.

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  8. That's interesting information, and the pepper mills are a terrific collection.

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  9. Really interesting! The mills are just beautiful-enjoy:@)

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  10. That was so interesting. I love when I get to learn something on our journey through Miss Matlock's class.

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  11. That was so interesting. I love when I get to learn something on our journey through Miss Matlock's class.

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  12. I have many things from Mr Q's co in my house!

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  13. Ooo, I love his style :) Those are really cute pepper mill grinders you have there! I'd be proudly showing those off too if I owned a set!

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  14. I truly enjoyed my visit to your blog. You shared so much good information as well as neat things. I never saw that many different pepper grinders.

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  15. What a fascinating post!

    I think I have led too sheltered of a life because not only have I never heard of the designer but I've never seen that style of pot or mills before.

    I did see a pan like that at a garage sale once...grrrr...

    Now I know to grab it if I ever come across one again.

    Thanks for a wonderful stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday.

    This was fantastic.

    A+

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  16. Those mills are wonderful.

    =)

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  17. Oh! I agree....those are beautiful! Thank you for sharing about Dansk and your collection :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Thank you also for your sweet words :o)

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  18. Very interesting post. Those peppermills are really great.

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  19. I'll have to read this to The Great Dane!

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