Urkiola Collection
Patricia Urquiola Thursday 23 Mar 2017

Urkiola Collection designed by Patricia Urquiola for Georg Jensen.

The Georg Jensen Urkiola Collection is a strikingly modern group of cylindrical shapes in stainless steel, with subtle Art Deco references in a beautifully minimalist style. The collection comprises five pitchers, three bowls, two vases, two candleholders and a tray. The pieces feature clean, mirror-polished stainless steel surfaces paired with ribbed stainless steel and, on a selection of the pieces, a durable, rose gold-coloured PVD finish.

Patricia suggested the name Urkiola for the collection, as her family name can also be, and previously was, spelled like this in Basque. The spelling was changed to Urquiola during the Spanish Civil War.

Stainless steel is deceptively difficult to work with, and the texture of Urquiola's designs is very difficult to produce in the metal - that is why texture is rarely seen in stainless steel designs. With great effort and inventiveness, Georg Jensen achieved the ‘striped' ribbing she desired. The PVD finish (Physical Vapour Deposition) is new for Georg Jensen Living. A PVD finish is exceptionally durable and scratch-resistant; all of these styles are dishwasher-safe. The
rose-gold tone was chosen as it brings a warmth to the elegant simplicity of stainless steel.

Georg Jensen began working with stainless steel in the 1940s, originally due to the scarcity of silver during World War II. For four decades, this metal was only occasionally seen in the collections, but in the 1980s it became a mainstay with Georg Jensen.

This collection presents a renewed design language for Georg Jensen, but with clear roots in the brand's history and legacy. Cylindrical shapes made regular appearances in Georg Jensen designs in the 1950s and 1960s. The Bernadotte cutlery pattern, which debuted in 1939, features similar ribbing. Urquiola was excited about the possibility of bringing crisper, stricter, simpler lines to Georg Jensen stainless steel - very different to the existing fluid, organic shapes. The Urkiola Collection brings a new look that fits naturally into the broader Georg Jensen offering.

Georg Jensen is a Danish design house renowned for artistic boldness, superior craftsmanship and creative collaborations with some of the foremost designers of the past century and today. Founded in 1904 by sculptor and master silversmith Georg Jensen, the company offers collections that include fine jewellery, watches, sterling silverware, men's accessories and a home collection. Georg Jensen has more than 110 stores worldwide.

Patricia Urquiola said of the collaboration: 
"Two words come to mind when I think of working with Georg Jensen: freedom and challenge. My imagination was generously allowed to run wild, but stainless steel is a new material for me. This created challenges when we moved from concept to production - but challenges are what move design forward, and I'm so proud of what we've achieved here. The simplicity of stainless steel feels warm and masculine with its PVD finish, and the stripes - which were not easy to accomplish - give it an unusual elegance."