Very rare coffee set - Smooth Flamestone, Dansk Designs, 1964. Wonderful design and use of materials.
Milk jug and sugar bowl have lovely mono-stick handles, and all have a wonderful, earthy, tactile glaze with complementary glaze to the inside.
Held in museum collections, this design is an early work from Dansk and set the company apart, as a manufacturer who placed design first.
Quistgaard, had a love of working with wood, and often made the prototypes of his designs in wood first. This love of the material makes his early teak design, made in Denmark, exquisite.
Quistgaard was a Danish designer and sculptor. After a chance encounter, in Copenhagen, with an American entrepreneur, a partnership was agreed, and Dansk Design was formed in the 1954.
The company produced modernist design, mainly for the USA, and Japanese markets. But marketed itself in Europe too. With its flagship store in Copenhagen. In late 1961, Dansk were one of the first design companies to have a ‘pop-up’ exhibition/shop in Harrods of London,.
Quistgaard remained the head designer for over three decades.
The milk jug has a chip on the inside of the lid. See photos ( I do not usually sell anything with a chip or break, but because of the rarity of the piece, and it’s near invisibility when in use, I have made an exception in this case)
Set comprises of:
4 espresso cups 6cm high
4 saucers 13cm across
1 milk jug 6.5cm high
1 sugar bowl with lid 10.5 high to top of lid