design classic: cutlery by Jens Quistgaard

In 1953 Jens Harald Quistgaard (1919-2008) designed a set of cutlery or flatware in satin-finish stainless steel with teak handles called Fjord.

In 1954 - the year that Quistgaard was awarded the Lunning Prize - a variation of the design went into production called Kongo with handles in black nylon with a plug of pewter in the end that appears to be the continuation of the steel through the handle.

The pieces are beautifully weighted and balanced and sit well in the hand. On the spoon and the fork, the edges of the bowls are finely chamfered and there is a thin elegant spine down the axis as the steel shaft transitions into the handle. There are no collars or decoration so there is a very clean silhouette.

Each piece is marked “DANSK DESIGNS GERMANY” with the logo of four ducks and the initials JHQ.