Ole Palsby Design - Ravnsborg Tværgade 7, Copenhagen


Recently, there have been several posts here about Ole Palsby Design so it might be useful to show the shop and display space that was opened in Copenhagen 18 months ago. This is in a new development - an infill or replacement building in a well-established street - with shops below and apartments above. The deliberately stark interior of the display space, with the use of exposed concrete, provides a foil for the designs that reinforces the strongly rational and functional starting point for these pieces.

Ravnsborg Tværgade is on the west side of the lakes, just over Dronning Louises Bro (Queen Louise's Bridge) so on the side of the lakes away from the centre of the city, and just one block away from the busy through fare of Nørrebrogade. For visitors new to Copenhagen or not familiar with this part of the city, the streets here, including Ravnborggade, Sankt Hans Gade leading up to the square and the blocks beyond the square are well worth exploring with established antique shops - several selling furniture and glass and ceramics and lighting from the mid 20th century - and a growing number of private galleries and design studios.

Before visiting Ole Palsby Design check with their own web site for the days and times for opening.

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termokande by Ole Palsby

When the designer Ole Palsby died in 2010, his son Mikkel Palsby decided to take over the studio, and took on responsibility for his father's design legacy. A number of projects were on hold, still to be taken through to commercial production, including a thermos jug designed in 2007.

That jug, or termoskande, is now being manufactured for the Coop group in Denmark under their Enkel label and was shown by Ole Palsby Design at the design fair northmodern in August. The shape is simple and beautiful and the jugs have a soft matt finish for the outer surface and, for obvious practical reasons, a high gloss finish to the inner rim and pouring lip. If talking about a plastic jug as beautiful sounds slightly excessive - the exaggeration of a design obsessive - surely the proportions are almost perfect and the profile incredibly elegant.

As with all kitchen-ware designed by Ole Palsby, the jug fits perfectly in the hand; it is well balanced and there are carefully thought-through details like a slight depression for the thumb at the top of the handle which makes perfect sense in terms of ergonomics … the jug  can be held securely and can be tilted at the right angle to pour out the contents steadily and safely ... in other words it functions without the user actually having to think or analyse why or how.

Mikkel Palsby kindly agreed to be the 'hand model' for photographs to show how the jug pours perfectly.

coop - enkel

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