Erik Herlow (1913 – 1999) Danish architect and designer

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Vintage, Rare Obelisk, Universal Steel, Stainless Steel Flatware, Design By Architect Erik Herlow. 12 Place Settings Plus.

Erik Herlow (1913 – 1999) was a Danish architect and designer.

Education

He studied architecture at the Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademie, Copenhagen to 1941.

Biography

In 1945, he set up his design studio in Copenhagen. He became head of Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademie. He worked primarily in metal, designed stainless steel and sterling silver wares for A. Michelsen, aluminium cooking wares for Dansk, and 1954 Obelisk cutlery for Universal Steel. From 1955, he was artistic director of Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory. From 1959, he designed jewellery for Georg Jensen Solvsmedie.

Many of his designs were sympathetic to both the consumer and the manufacturer, primarily due to the depth of his understanding of the manufacturing process and how to best achieve beautiful results with the production methods available. 

Later work

He later promoted and educated in the field of industrial design itself, starting with his book, “Good Things for Everyday Use”, in 1949. He also was a co-founder of the Society for Industrial Design in 1954, an educator for Goldsmith’s College from 1952-54, and an associate professor at the Art Academy of Architecture before becoming a full professor of industrial design. His works have appeared in the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. In 1980, he was awarded a lifetime state grant for his works.

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing. https://amzn.to/3ElmSlL

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