The long-forgotten table watch created by the one of the most influential Danish architects and designers of the 20th century Arne Jacobsen, has been recently revisited and rereleased by the Copenhagen-based timepiece specialists Rosendahl. First created in 1939 – ‘in connection with the construction of a building for the managing director of electrical goods manufacturer Lauritz Knudsen’ – the suitably modern, minimalist watch was inspired by the moulding qualities of the new wonder material of that time, plastic and its 2011 edition comprises five updated versions – including the original ‘LK’ model (seen above).
‘Arne Jacobsen is synonymous with internationally acclaimed design icons such as “The Egg” and “The Swan”, and is famous for his numerous beautiful architectural works for both private and commercial use. With his multi-talented design skills, he could offer complete design solutions and in this way some of his most famous designs were created: ‘The Ant‘ and ‘Seven‘ chairs for Novo’s headquarters, the ‘Bankers’ wall clock for Denmark’s National bank and not least this autumn’s latest addition, ‘Table Clock.’
‘The architectural table clock that Timepieces Rosendahl Copenhagen is now relaunching was created by Arne Jacobsen in connection with the construction of a building for the managing director of electrical goods manufacturer Lauritz Knudsen in 1939. For a number of years, the company produced the table clock and with the present launch of table clocks onto the market, Timepieces Rosendahl Copenhagen is including a special ‘LK’ model in the collection. In addition to this, the other iconic wall clocks – ‘Bankers’, ‘City Hall’ and ‘Roman’ – are also being launched in table versions, along with the ‘Station’ model.’
More about Arne Jacobsen:
Arne Jacobsen (11 Feb. 1902 – 24 March 1971) graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen, where he was also a professor of architecture for a long period. Arne Jacobsen put his modernist stamp on architecture and design for more than 50 years – not only in Denmark but also internationally. His output was enormous, originating in a philosophy of creating total concepts, where everything was thoroughly designed, with a common thread between the building, the furniture and other interior decor.
This philosophy is evident in the Royal Hotel (1960) and Danmarks Nationalbank (the Danish central bank) (1971), for instance.He was the ambitious individual who refused to compromise on quality and very much challenged his partners and manufacturers to create unique products.Arne Jacobsen’s productions are more relevant than ever – and have enjoyed a strong revival over the last 20 years. He embodies the balancing act of elite creator and household name.