Henning Koppel


Henning Koppel

The famous Danish designer and sculptor Henning Koppel was born in Copenhagen in 1918. He counts to the most important Scandinavian designers of post-war times. Henning Koppel studied arts in Copenhagen in 1935. He went one year to Paris for studying reasons in 1938. There he also met avant-garde influences.

In the confusing time when the Second World War started, the young sculptor escaped to Stockholm and lived there in the exile. He worked for different design companies in Stockholm and designed golden and silver jewellery. After the end of the war in 1945, Henning Koppel went back to his Danish home town.

In that time he also started his cooperation with the silver smith and industrial designer Georg Jensen. The cooperation should last until his death in 1981. The designer Henning Koppel became internationally famous by his cutlery designs. Besides his work for Georg Jensen, he also worked for numerous other design companies of many different areas. This is how he also designed watches, porcelain and even letter stamps.

Also his design techniques were unusual. Henning Koppel firstly made his ideas with clay before he modelled the real material of his creations. Therefore he is also considered the initiator of the so-called “New Look”. His works have been awarded several times and they are absolute best-sellers until today. Henning Koppel passed by aged 63 in 1981 in Copenhagen.