FIRST EXPERIMENTS AND PROTOTYPES FOR THE SPIRA CUTLERY
In the early 1970s, he started yet again to contemplate and experiment with a cutlery, and in 1980 he completed a prototype. The cutlery’s name was Spira (Sprout) - a symbol for growth and creation of life. However, it took another 22 years before the cutlery was finally put into production by Georg Jensen but only for a very short time from 2002-2003.
We are thrilled to be able to re-issue The Spira cutlery exclusively produced by Georg Jensen for Griegst, 2021.
The Spira Cutlery
As a symbol of growth, knives curl at the ends like baby ferns about to unfold while spoons and forks have bud finials. The comfortable handles wind asymmetrically like flower stalks before stretching out into utensils proper – an elegant bending of what we think characterises utensils
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ARJE GRIEGST WITH THE SEA TUREEN, 1976
The Sea Tureen and The Triton porcelain dinnerware from Royal Copenhagen originated from Griegst’s profound fascination with the sea and was a technical and manufacturing achievement only made possible by Griegst and the team of Royal Copenhagen’s insistence on the impossible becoming possible.
A closeup of an eight-armed candelabra (1976) in gilded silver and with a centered egg-shaped amethyst symbolising life. With its energetically spiral forms, it embodies the power of growth. Creating the candelabras Griegst turned to his plaster and wax techniques from jewellery to trace the organic lines.
ISABELLA BOYLSTON, PRINCIPAL DANCER AT AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE
Isabella is wearing the Trumpet Knot ring with a Tahiti pearl and the Spiral Collier bracelet.
New York, 2020
TRUMPET KNOT RING WITH A TAHITI PEARL, 1979
Capturing gold almost in its liquid state, the Spiral series curves sensually around the wrist or finger embodying the pioneering vision of Griegst’s customised cire perdue technique. The fluted gold twist and writhes over the skin like a coil spring with seductive lightness. Produced since the 1970s, the pieces are Griegst’s ode to antique Roman jewellery as if seen through a looking glass found at the bottom of the sea
SPIRAL RING NO. 1
With an exquisite feeling for the dynamic between precision and fluidity, hardness and softness, material and form, Griegst brings a rare sense of vibrating splendour to his works.
sketch of sea creature
The word metamorphosis has Greek roots meaning transformation, a subject that the Roman poet Ovid explored in his book Metamorphoses (8 AD). Weaving together Greek and Roman fairytales, stories and myths, Ovid’s tales of people turning into animals, plants and stones has been a recurring companion for Arje Griegst, most notably seen in the Faces series.
COSMOS & STARDUST
A cosmic gold sculpture, clay and golden glazed, created by Irene Griegst