Hans Bunde

Hans Jørgen Bunde Jørgensen (b. 1919 – d. 1996, Ribe, Denmark) was a twentieth century Danish silversmith thought of as someone akin to a sculptor. Hans Bunde contributed to many fields of silverware design including tableware, utensils, vases, pitchers and decorative objects. He married Inger Margrethe Thusager and together they raised three beautiful children; Lisbeth Bunde, Vita Bunde Jørgensen and Sinnet Bunde. The idylic lifestyle of Ribe, the oldest town in Denmark, provided a comfortable backdrop to raise his family while exploring his artistic passion; expressing beauty through the creation of exquisite silverware. Hans Bunde devised a vast variety of products in collaboration with Carl M. Cohr Silver (Denmark). He characterized Coh'r design line conclusive in the 1950's as the main in-house designer. Bunde may not be as well known as his contemporaries, like Wiwen Nilsson and Georg Jensen, but he exerted a profound influence over metalwork during his lifetime, and continues to do so today. The simple elegance of his works and his emphasis on the encounter between form and material, hallmarks of Bunde's products, are recognized of timeless examples of Danish silverware design. Hans Bunde's wooden Penguins, now re-introduced by Architectmade, were created in 1954 as one-off pieces for his two sisters, and are sold through Stardust.