Grethe Meyer (1918 – 2008) Danish architect, ceramicist, and designer of furniture and glassware

74 pieces, porcelain, "Blue border", Grethe Meyer, Aluminia & Royal Copenhagen
74 pieces, porcelain, “Blue border”, Grethe Meyer, Aluminia & Royal Copenhagen

Grethe Meyer (1918–2008) was a Danish architect, ceramicist, and designer of furniture and glassware.

Education

From 1947 to 1947, she studied architecture at the Det Kongelige Dansk Kunstakademi in Copenhagen.

Biography

Image of Grethe Meyer. Danish architect and designer
Image of Grethe Meyer. Danish architect and designer

She worked on the editorial staff of The Building Manual from 1944 to 1955. She was a crucial figure in Borge Mogensen’s research on the standardisation of consumer product sizes, and she collaborated with him frequently. They created the Boligens Byggeskabe (BB) and resund cabinet-storage systems in 1957.

She worked at the State Institute for Building Research from 1955 to 1960, collaborating with Paul Kjergaard and Bent Salicath on housing and consumer product research.

Works

She and Ibi Trier Mørch designed glassware for Kastrup and Holmegard glassworks in 1959. She opened her drawing studio in 1960. From 1960 to 1989, she designed tableware for the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory, including the 1972 Weisstopf dinnerware, the 1976 Feuerpott oven-to-table range of kitchenware, the 1964—65 Blaukant ceramic tableware, and the 1989 Ocean vases. She was a member of the Danish Design Council and the Association of Academic Architects.

  • Bowl Grethe Meyer (The British Museum)
  • Bowl by Grethe Meyer for Royal Copenhagen, 1960s

Recognition

Her work received the; 

  • Kay Bojeson Commemorative Prize in 1965, 
  • the Danish ID Prize in 1965, 
  • a silver medal at the Vicenza International Exhibition of Ceramics in 1965, 
  • a silver medal at Faenza in 1965, the Scandinavian Industrial Art and Design Award in 1973, and 
  • the Bindesboll Medal in 1983. 
  • In 1972, she was appointed Honorary Royal Designer for Industry in London. 

Exhibitions

  • Work exhibited at Triennale di Milano, 
  • 1960-1961 USA ‘The Arts of Denmark’ travelling exhibition, 
  • 1980 “Scandinavian Modern Design 1880—1980” exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York, and 
  • 1983—84′ Design Since 1945′ exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Sources

Bowl by Grethe Meyer for Royal Copenhagen, 1960s. (n.d.). Retrieved May 03, 2021, from https://www.pamono.com.au/bowl-by-grethe-meyer-for-royal-copenhagen-1960s

Bowl; plate: By Grethe Meyer: British Museum. (n.d.). Retrieved May 03, 2021, from https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/H_2014-8024-499-a-d

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

Porcelain, “Blue border”, Grethe Meyer, Aluminia & Royal Copenhagen. (n.d.). Retrieved May 03, 2021, from https://auctionet.com/en/922140-servisdelar-74-st-porslin-bla-kant-grethe-meyer-aluminia-royal-copenhagen/images#image_1

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