An artistic image showing, from the top down, sixteen pieces of 'Fjord' cutlery designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Designs. The handles of the cutlery are solid Siamese teak, the blades are high quality stainless steel.
Six Jens Quistgaard Butter Spreaders from the 'Fjord' series designed in 1953. Each blade is stamped with the makers name 'Dansk Design' Quistgaard's initials 'IHQ' and the famous four ducks logo.
Set of 6 large dinner knives from the 'Fjord' flatware service designed by Jens Quistgaard. This MidCentury Modern design importantly founded the company Dansk Design.
Aerial view of 6 salad forks from Jens Quistgaard's 'Fjord' flatware series. Designed in 1953 for Dansk Designs. These items are part of a 40 piece set for sale in London from design gallery Art and Utility.
6 large dinner forks by IHQ Jens Harald Quistgaard. The teak and stainless steel cutlery is atop a blue and white striped fabric. A striking image showing how fresh and chic MidCentury Scandinavian design still is.
6 teaspoons arranged top and tail. The spoons that are perfect for desserts were designed by Danish sculptor Jens Quistgaard in 1953. This set made in Germany by Dansk Designs.
Set of six large dinner or soup spoons by Jens Quistgaard. The shape of the handles and bowls of the spoons are organic and sculptural but they are also very ergonomic.
Image showing one of each of the six pieces of cutlery in this six person service. The design's model name is 'Fjord', it was created by Jens Quistgaard in 1953. For sale in UK from London based Scandinavian design gallery Art & Utility.
Image showing one of each of the six different pieces of flatware in this six person set. The dinner forks, knives and spoons are arranged top and tail. The design, called 'Fjord', is by Jens Quistgaard.
A serving fork and serving spoon from Jens Quistgaard's 'Fjord' flatware service designed in Denmark in the 1950s. This famous Scandinavian design is in the permanent collection of the MoMA in New York.
A carving knife and carving fork from Jens Quistgaard's 'Fjord' silverware service designed in MidCentury Denmark. This set is a first production example and was made in Germany by Dansk Designs.
Four pieces of serving flatware, left to right; a serving fork, carving fork, carving knife, and serving spoon. All pieces were designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk Designs.
Mood image showing 10 pieces of Jens Quistgaard 'Fjord' flatware. Each piece is a different design. This rare and collectible MidCentury Scandinavian design and many others are available for sale in the UK. London based Nordic design gallery Art & Utility offer worldwide shipping.
Detail shot showing the plugs of pewter in the end of teak handled Fjord flatware cutlery by Jens Quistgaard. This set is in remarkable condition despite being early production, made in Germany.
Angled image showing the stamped and etched Dansk Designs makers marks on various types of different pieces of cutlery. Each item is stamped Dansk Design Germany IHQ. IHQ are Jens Harald Quistgaard's initials. The dinner knives and butter spreaders are also etched with the Dansk four ducks logo.
Dansk Designs

Jens Quistgaard Forty-Piece "Fjord" Cutlery Set

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A 40 piece set of Organic Modernist ‘Fjord’ cutlery, designed by Jens Quistgaard, 1953.

A 6-piece service for 6 people, consisting of; 6x Dinner Forks, 6x Dinner Knives, 6x Soup Spoons, 6x Salad Forks, 6x Butter Spreaders, 6x Teaspoons, 1x Carving Set, 1x Serving Spoon, and 1x Serving Fork.

This is an early first production set, made in Germany, circa 1958. Subsequently, manufacture moved to Denmark, France, and Finland, and later to Korea, Japan, and China. [1]

Being responsible for the birth of the company Dansk Designs, ‘Fjord’ is arguably one of the most important Nordic designs of the 20th century.

The first ever set of ‘Fjord’ cutlery was hand forged by Quistgaard himself, in 1953. The same year, the design won first prize in a flatware competition organised by the Danish tableware company Georg Jensen. However, Quistgaard was told that the cutlery was too difficult to manufacture commercially.

The exquisiteness of ‘Fjord’, was disputed by no one, and convinced of the importance of his design he approached the Kunstindustrimuseet* who swiftly acquired it for their collection.

It was at the *Danish Museum of Art & Design that the silverware was discovered by American businesspeople Ted & Martha Nierenberg who felt compelled to demand an immediate meeting with Quistgaard. Once in a room together, the Nierenberg’s succeeded in convincing Quistgaard into partnership with them, and Dansk was born!

Pivotal to negotiations was the avowal that they could produce ‘Fjord’. Indeed, they did, and the precisely balanced combination of teak and stainless steel shaped into clear-cut and biomorphic forms transformed ordinary tools into usable sculpture -the likes of which had never been seen on the American market. [2]

Followed later by enamelled-steel cookware, sculptural wooden peppermills, monumental cast-iron candleholders, and more, Dansk Designs revolutionised, and forever changed, the landscape of the American table.

Quistgaard design is held in most major museums, worldwide. A set of 'Fjord' can be seen in The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA.


[1] Sandberg, Jeni. "Fjord Flatware by Jens Quistgaard for Dank and How to Care for Fjord."

[2] Froelich, Sarah. “Set for Transition: Dansk Designs’ Fjord Flatware.” Gastronomica 11, no. 1 (2011): 9–11.

Model Name: ‘Fjord’

Designer: Jens Harald Quistgaard

Manufacturer: Dansk Designs

Year of Design: 1953

Dates Produced: From c.1956, possibly until the 1970s.

Colour: Brown, silver

Carving Knife (Largest Piece) Height: 36 cm, Width: 3.5 cm, Depth: 2.5 cm

Teaspoon (Smallest Piece) Height: 16 cm, Width: 3.5 cm, Depth: 2 cm

Condition: Excellent. Some scratches but hardly used. All handle plugs are perfect.

Branding: Each piece is etched or stamped ‘Dansk Designs Germany IHQ’. All knives feature Quistgaard's four ducks logo.