A large Danish teak "Mushroom" pepper mill designed by Jens Harald Quistgaard for Dansk, Denmark. Quistgaard designed over 60 peper mills in his life and this example is an early 1960s example.
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Aerial image showing the plug stopper removes from a Dansk Designs pepper mill designed by Jens Quistgaard. This combination salt and pepper mill is nicknamed the "Mushroom" by some and the "UFO" by others. This early example of this classic mid-century Danish design available to buy from Art & Utility South West London.
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Top view showing the curvaceous shape of Jens Quistgaard Mushroom pepper mill and the all metal grinding mechanism denoting its early production.
Close up showing the metal grinder on early Dansk Design pepper mill designed by Jens Quistgaard, grinding mechanism stamped Peugeot France Lion.
Top view of a Mushroom pepper mill carved from solid teak by skilled craftspeople in Denmark in the late-1950s early-1960s. Design by Jens Quistgaard.
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Jens Quistgaard "UFO" Salt & Pepper Mill

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A carved solid teak salt and pepper mill, reminiscent of a mushroom or UFO, designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk. Quistgaard designed his eminently collectable series of combination salt shaker pepper mills between the late 1950's and early 1960's.

Like most of the mills in his circa 60 piece collection, this design holds salt in the top whilst the lower half grinds pepper. The object 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 Number: 895

Model Nickname: "UFO"

Designer: Jens Harald Quistgaard

Manufacturer: Dansk Designs

Year of Design: C. 1960

Dates Produced: 1960's-80's, the grinding mechanism on this example dates it to the 1960's.

Colour: Brown

Height: 22.5 cm, Diameter: 7 cm

Condition: Very good. Please note small indent on top section.

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