Georg Jensen debuts a sleek bar collection, titled Manhattan, inspired by Gatsby-era New York City and crafted in mirror polished steel. It is a welcome arrival in a culture that is rediscovering the Mad Men pleasures of artisanal cocktails and mixology.
Manhattan takes its influence from Art Deco, the boldly geometric decorative style that is an integral part of the Georg Jensen design legacy. Sanne Lund Traberg, the in-house designer who created Manhattan, found inspiration in the company archives, which includes sketches, photographs and original objects from more than a century of Georg Jensen masterworks.While the symmetry and clean lines of the Art Deco era captivated her, Traberg was particularly drawn to the iconic stepped motif used extensively in Pyramid, a collection designed by Georg Jensen legend Harald Nielsen in 1922. Together, these ideas took shape in a collection that adjusts the scale and proportion of the stepped motif and features sharper lines, giving the collection a more contemporary, architectural look.“It’s wonderful when we can look backward and forward at the same time, and it’s important that today’s designs have a strong link with our history,” Traberg says of the collection. “Ar t Deco is of course very important to Georg Jensen, but with Manhattan we’ve presented a more modern expression of that era.”
The Manhattan collection creates a complete universe of styles for home and entertaining ranging from coasters to champagne buckets.
Georg Jensen (89 Mount Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 2SR)