Henning Koppel (1918 – 1981)
As a jeweller and silver smith, Henning Koppel’s name is almost synonymous with Danish design. His work was ground breaking and his exploration of shape demonstrated an expansive breadth of range. Today his work is still manufactured and available through Georg Jensen with whom he spent the majority of his prolific career.
Henning Koppel was born to a wealthy Jewish family and showed an early talent for art. He studied drawing as a child and later sculpture at both the Royal Danish Academy and in Paris. Like many Danish Jews, Koppel fled to Sweden during the Second World War. At 27, he returned and began working at Georg Jensen, which marked his start as a jewellery and homewares designer. His work was unlike anything that had predated his arrival and it set the tone of George Jensen’s house style for the next 40 years and beyond.
His silver holloware is distinguished by its sculptural quality. In addition Koppel created lights and clocks for Louis Poulsen & Co., glass for Orrefors, and furniture for Kvetny & Sonner. He died in 1981 at the age of sixty-three.