Anatomy of a Classic

, , , , , , , , , By Catherine Lazure | Nordic Design

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It took three years for Danish designer Arne Jacobsen to develop the ‘Cylinda Line’ for Stelton. New machines and welding techniques had to be developed in order to create the seamless cylindrical shape and smooth finish that made the collection’s reputation.

However, the sleek range of tea and coffee sets, trays and cocktail kit in stainless-steel design was not an instant hit when launched in 1967. In fact, sales were so slow that Stelton’s Managing Director at the time apparently sent his wife around Copenhagen to place orders! The organic shapes and forms of the Cylinda Line combined with its functionalism quickly won the hearts of Modernism fans, and was awarded several design prizes around the world.

It is fun to know that the Cylinda Line can be seen in the futuristic movie I, Robot whose story takes place in 2035 – 68 years after it was launched! This shows that just like several other Scandinavian designs, the collection is still regarded as slick, modern and unique. That’s what we call a true classic ahead of its time.

Moreover, as mentioned in a previous post, Stelton partnered with British designer Paul Smith to give a fresh look to the Danish icon ‘Cylinda Line’ to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary. This is one more cool reason to add it to your Must-Have list!

Photos: Stelton


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