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Stig Møller Hansen

Associate Professor

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Bindesbøll Tribute

Being danish, I decided to use this SkillShare course to pay tribute to one of my fellow countrymen Thorvald Bindesbøll (1846-1908). Widely regarded as the first real danish designer he made an impact far into the 20th century thanks to his unique idiom.

The inspiration from neo- classicism's artists set him going, and with his starting point in Antique ornamentation and under the influence of Japanese art he developed a peculiar quality of his own, at one and the same time organic and abstract ornamentation which has been characteristic of all of his very extensive production. This stretches from furniture and lamps, embroidery, book craft (flyleaves, ornamentation and binding) and printing to hollow ware, cutlery and brooches in silver and other metals, and finally a small number of buildings.

Bindesbøll's international fame is, however, especially linked to his many ceramic works. Here his great delight in creating found a material that challenged his imagination to produce a wealth of ornamentation not previously seen.

On simple shapes - mainly dishes and jugs - he freely created an idiom which had its parallels in modern painting rather than in applied art.

[Biography blatantly copy/pasted from this page. Some of his most important works can be seen on this page.] 

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