1918-2008

Grethe was an architect and designer, and one of the most recognized representatives of Danish industrial design for which she won numerous awards.
She was a pioneer and has had great impact in the Danish Designs history by aesthetically simple, timeless and functional designs that have become classics – even to this day.
Grethe is most famous for the faience dinnerware Blue Line, porcelain dinnerware Whitepot and stoneware dinner set Firepot series, which for many years was a great success for Royal Copenhagen and steel cutlery Copenhagen for Georg Jensen.
Grethes design accommodates quality, personality and respect for the user; she wanted it to be simple and anonymous, but be a daily joy for those who used it.

1947 Graduated as architect from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen
1944-55 Assistant producer of ”Byggebogen” a guide to rational building of homes
1955-60 Employed by The Danish Governments institute for Research into Building of Homes
1958 Stub & stamme drinking glass in cooperation with Ibi Trier Mørch for Kastrup glassworks
1959 BB Boligens Byggeskabe closet units in cooperation with architect Børge Mogensen
1960 Established own architectural firm
1965 Blue Line Faience dinnerware for Royal Copenhagen Porcelain
1972 Whitepot porcelain dinner service for Royal Copenhagen Porcelain
1976 Firepot ovenware with wooden trays for Royal Copenhagen Porcelain
1980 Red Line a variation of Blue Line and porcelain lamps for Royal Copenhagen
1982 Glass into glass, a stackable series of drinking glass for Imerco
1989 Glass into glass distributed by Crown Corning, Australia under the name “Scandia”
1991 Copenhagen steel cutlery for Georg Jensen, Silversmithy
1991 Ocean vases and trays in porcelain for Royal Copenhagen Porcelain
1993 Louise stackable candlesticks in aluminium for Louisiana Museum
1998 4 all Seasons table concept and Colored Line for Royal
1998 Line glass for Royal Copenhagen in Japan.

Honoured received
1965 The Danish Industrial Design Prize (ID) for Blue Line
1965 The Kay Bojesen Memorial Prize
1965 Silvermedal at the International Ceramics Exhibition in Vicenza
1973 The Nordic Design and Craft Prize
1973 The Jablonec Medal in Czekoslovakia
1973 Diploma della Ceramica d’Arte contemporani”, Italy
1976 The Danish Industrial Design Prize for Firepot
1980 The Danish Gastronomic Academy’s diploma for Firepot
1980 Awarded a lifelong gratuity from The Danish Artfoundation
1983 The Thorvald Bindesbøll medal
1997 The Danish Design Councils annual prize
2002 The C. F. Hansen Medal

Board Positions
1964-65  The Royal Academy’s Architects Association
1977-02  Danish Design Counsil

Represented at
The Danish Design Museum, Copenhagen

Design i produktion
Copenhagen cutlery and the 8-armed Candelabra, produced by Georg Jensen
GM pendant 15 and 30 Cobber lamps, produced by Menu A/S
Whitepot porcelain dinnerware, produced by Coop Denmark

Not yet produced design
Side-by-side porcelain series
The Eye, The Moon, The Wave glass vases
Trapez, Rhombus glass vases
Candlesticks, 2 arms in metal or copper
The Spiral metal candlestick
The Toddler, The Drop, Trapezoid, Andreas & Katrine drinking glass
Sake set
Ironpot, made in cast iron.