The Dansk Influence: Danish Design in America

Mar 25, 2014


The Post-War Scandinavian Design movement in the United States is synonymous with the name, Dansk. The influential company was started when creative minds from two different continents came together through sheer universal happenstance. Ted Nieremberg, a New York businessman traveled to Copenhagen in 1954 with his wife Martha. At a museum he visited, he was enthralled by the unique teak-and-steel flatware he saw that were created by an upcoming Danish designer.

The American sought out the talented Dane, a young skillful artisan named Jens Quistgaard. Nieremberg beckoned him to come back to the United States to start a business together, a proposition that was quickly rejected. Quistgaard’s creations were never intended to be churned out in factories. Each piece was handmade and painstakingly crafted, and there was no way they could be mass-produced inexpensively. But the American entrepreneur’s persistence won him over, and together they formed the Dansk company in the United States.

With Quistgaard at the design helm, Dansk became one of the most important names in the Danish modern era creating tableware, kitchenware and other home goods with their signature clean and sleek lines. In 1958, The New York Times described Dansk tableware as “some of the most popular accessories found in American homes today.”

See our full range of Jens Quistgaard products for Dansk in our Man of the World Shop here.

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