A Modular Design by Nina Koppel
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Fusion, a term that can be illustrated in two ways: ‘the process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity’ or ‘the process of causing a material or object to melt with intense heat so as to join with another’ (Source: Oxford Dictionary).
Fusion is also the name of one of the most famous Georg Jensen jewelry designs – which combines both explanations perfectly. In 1987, Nina Koppel designed the visionary Georg Jensen Fusion ring – a modular jewelry design system that allows the wearer to freely mix white, rose and yellow gold rings in an ever-growing number of combinations. With a closure system based on organic curves that was simple and effective, Nina Koppel’s Fusion offered the wearer a role in designing their own jewelry.
In this way, she created one of Georg Jensen’s most enduring and popular designs, which was released in 2000. At the same time, it was Georg Jensen’s first move from the Danish design house’s silver tradition to a contemporary design approach, as shown by its first-time use of gold. Koppel was ahead of its time with her design – precisely engineered, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, the individual pieces fit together and into each other perfectly and can also just as easily be detached again. The wearing options are numerous and act as an element of the wearer’s personal expression.
Fusion, a term that can be illustrated in two ways: ‘the process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity’ or ‘the process of causing a material or object to melt with intense heat so as to join with another’
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Georg Jensen’s Fusion. Today, Fusion consists of a varied line that includes necklaces and earrings that extend the original spirit of connection, collaboration and commitment of the range. The rings are still among the best-known contemporary jewelry pieces in Georg Jensen’s portfolio: the interlocking objects have become tangible symbols representing significant life events, with each combination revealing a completely unique narrative. As these personal stories change or evolve over time, so does Fusion: A new addition is a beautiful way to remember a special moment.
The interlocking objects have become tangible symbols representing significant life events, with each combination revealing a completely unique narrative. As these personal stories change or evolve over time, so does Fusion: A new addition is a beautiful way to remember a special moment.
Coming of age in the 1960s and the daughter of famed designer and long-term Georg Jensen collaborator, Henning Koppel, Nina embodied the spirit of the times through her experimental approach. In 1966, Nina Koppel graduated in Textile Design from The School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen and then founded her own workshop in Kattesundet, Copenhagen, where she collaborated with other artists, specializing in various creative fields, such as design, clothing, interior furnishing and textiles. She also began working for the then newly founded Kvadrat company where she created her first series of textiles. Her interest in natural, organic tones based on plant pigments stands in contrast with her enthusiasm for the design options provided by new technologies and materials.
Nina Koppel brought this sense of technology to her work with Georg Jensen where she was first asked to work on jewelry designs in the 1980s. In addition, Nina Koppel has exhibited in shows at the Danish Museum of Decorative Art (in 1964–65), Den Frie (in 1966 and 1968) as well as at the Charlottenborg Autumn Exhibition in 1967. She also lectured at The School of Arts and Crafts (where she had studied in the 1960s). She died young at the age of 47.
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