Profile image of a very tall solid teak wood pepper mill designed by Jens Quistgaard, this model is referred to as the "Screwdriver" because of the shape of the head. This is an early design from the late-1950s.
Zoomed in image looking at the base of a cylindrical turned teakwood pepper mill. This mill is similar to the classic exaggerated mills used in Italian restaurants but this design is by leading Danish designer Jens Harald Quistgaard.
Profile image of an elegant tapering turned wood pepper mill by Jens Quistgaard. This MidCentury Modern design helped popularise Scandinavian organic Modernism in the USA in the 1950s.
Head on shot of a tall sculptural pepper mill. This elegant and slender Scandinavian design is by Jens Quistgaard who produced approximately 60 others for Dansk Designs Ltd.
Head on shot of a tall slender teak wood pepper mill laying on its side. This organic modern design is a Scandinavian collectible by Jens Quistgaard. Many other examples of his work can be view at Art & Utility, an online London based Nordic design gallery.
Straight on shot of a tall reddish brown coloured teak wood pepper mill, design by Jens H. Quistgaard for Dansk Designs. Available for worldwide delivery to Japan, China, Singapore, Taiwan.
Zoomed in detail of the base of a Jens Quistgaard pepper mill. This design is turned from one piece of teak wood and stands 32 cm tall. The design, called "Screwdriver", is early in Quistgaard's work and few were produced compared to others in his collection.
Close up showing a small indentation to the teak wood of a Danish pepper mill designed by Jens H. Quistgaard.
Detail of the knopp of a Jens Quistgaard pepper mill. This section of the mill is what must be twisted to grind pepper. The name of the design derives from the shape of this knopp looking like a flathead screwdriver.
Detail of a Jens Quistgaard "Screwdriver" pepper mill in solid teak wood. This design was executed in the 1950s, it is a classic example of organic Scandinavian Modernism.
Detail showing the end grain on a solid teak wood pepper mill. Unlike other mills in Quistgaards 60 mill collection/back catalogue, this design does not carry salt. This is an early example. For sale in London from Art & Utility, antique dealers who specialise in Nordic design.
Close up showing the sharp pointed edge of an elegantly carved solid teak wood pepper mill designed by Jens Quistgaard. The name of the mill is "Screwdriver" on account of the sculptured shape shown here.
Head on shot of the based or underside of a Jens Quistgaard pepper mill. The photo shows the all-metal Peugeot grinder. The original black plastic plug remains.
Photo showing the underside or base of a Jens Quistgaard pepper mill. The image shows that the mill is stamped 'DANMARK' which proves it is a very early example. The spelling of the country of manufacture reads 'Denmark' for all but the earliest of mills.
Mood image showing a group of teak wood pepper mill in a huge variety of strange and interesting shapes. Each of the seven peppermills in the image were designed by leading Danish sculptor Jens Quistgaard who did an incredible amount in popularising Scandinavian Organic Modernism in the Mid-twentieth century.
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Jens Quistgaard "Screwdriver" Pepper Mill

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A very tall and slender teak pepper mill, with a turning knopp reminiscent of a flathead screwdriver, designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk.

Like all of the Quistgaard design offered on our website, this solid teak mill was produced in Denmark. The Screwdriver is an early design in Quistgaard's eminently collectable series of pepper mills, dating from the late-1950's, and this example was produced early also. The mill features the all-metal Peugeot grinder and is stamped 'DANMARK' to the underside -the spelling of the country of manufacture reads 'Denmark' for all but the earliest of mills.

The extremely slender shape of this design functions fantastically but it is also a very sculptural piece. Satisfying both these criteria was crucial for Quistgaard.

In Stig Guldberg's 2010 documentary on Quistgaard the latter proclaims: "The finished product must display harmony but its usefulness must not be affected just for the sake of making it pretty. Practical use and beauty of design must go hand in hand."

Model Nickname: "Screwdriver"

Designer: Jens Harald Quistgaard

Manufacturer: Dansk Designs

Year of Design: Late-1950's

Dates Produced: Late-1950's, the all metal grinding mechanism on this example makes it an early production.

Colour: Brown

Height: 30.5 cm, Diameter: 7 cm

Condition: Very good. Some scratches to both sides of knopp. Small indentation to underside. See photographs. 

Branding: Underside reads ‘Dansk Designs Ltd Denmark IHQ’.