September 2017 Newsletter

  • By Antiques-Art-Design Sydney

“I belong to an unholy disorder; we call ourselves Our Lady of Perpetual Astonishment”

Kurt Vonnegut Jnr

Hello there,
This month we explore new exhibitions opening in Sydney and we also discuss the designer Regitze Overgaard and her contribution to the Georg Jensen design story. 

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Georg Jensen silver dot collier necklace - design 464 by Regitze Overgaard $3,950
Modern Masters - Regitze Overgaard

Often customers say to me how the look of Jensen jewellery has changed, how it has become gimmicky rather than classic and fashionable or trend driven rather than timeless. And it’s true, many of new releases of the last couple of decades have veered away from what the “Jensen” name built and came to epitomise in the fifties, sixties and seventies, but you could never say that of the work of Regitze Overgaard.
She alone, out of the many designers commissioned by Jensen, has somehow understood the brief left to her by those designers that have gone before: Koppel, Ditzel, Torun, Gabrielsen just to name those that are household names and then Fog, Eskildsen, Kindt-Larsen, Andersen to highlight some more maybe not so well known.
Overgaard has been able to ensure that simplicity and effortlessness are at the core of what she creates, without being nostalgic or derivative; providing work that is original, classic and yet undeniably modern, and challenges both the concepts of space and form.
However, her pieces are only half of her design concept; the other half is the body of the wearer and as such, it means her jewellery is enhanced by being worn, just as the body of the wearer is enhanced by wearing them.
The symbiotic nature of the design and wearer is something that sets her apart, in that other designers’ work may look good on paper but never better when actually on a body: with Overgaard the intention becomes complete.
Having said that, it is probably wrong that we are showing her pieces shot in our studio rather than on a figure…..but then again, that is the joy we want you to discover when you try them on in the store and share with us the magic of Regitze Overgaard.
Brief Bio:
Completed training as a goldsmith 1970
Graduated Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts 1976
Has collaborated with Jensen since 1987 and some of the most successful designs created during this period have been hers. Collections include: Zephyr, Sphere, Infinity, Curve just to name a few.

Christopher Becker

From L to R: Georg Jenson long silver Zephyr pendant - design number 500 by Regitze Overgaard $795 and Georg Jensen wide silver cuff with tie - design number 560 by Regitze Overgaard $795
From L to R: Georg Jensen silver "curve" ring - design 501 by Regitze Overgaard $575, Georg Jensen large silver segmented drop earrings - design 380A by  Regitze Overgaard $1,650

From gladiatorial home reno realty TV to the more sedate documentary offerings on the ABC featuring architects Seidler, Murcutt and Boyd, Australia is currently preoccupied with the aesthetic as well as financial aspects of the national obsession - real estate.
In response the Museum of Sydney (designed by Denton Corker Marshall and built on the site of the first Government House) is currently hosting two exhibitions celebrating Modernism: Marion Hall Best: Interiors & The Moderns: European Designers In Sydney.
Marion Hall Best or “Ma’am” as she was affectionately referred to by her devoted staff (their filmed reminiscences are an exhibition highlight) was the doyenne of interior designers for over thirty years with clients including Lady Fairfax and Dame Zara Holt, for whom she redecorated the The Lodge. Renowned for her use of colour, she claimed that “bright clear colours challenge the mind”, her rooms featured glazed walls, bold patterns and the very latest in European furnishings.
Marion Hall Best wearing Marimekko, 1968. Photograph Rodney Weidland.
A different take on Modernism is on display in the adjoining gallery. The Moderns: European Designers in Sydney, a more muted affair, showcases the work of the émigré architecture and design community from the 1930s to the 1960s. Featuring photographs and re-creations of original interiors with custom-made furniture (the era mercifully devoid of flatpacks) this exhibition pays homage to a generation of architects, designers and craftsmen among them George Korody, Steven Kalmar, Michael Gerstl, Paul Kafka, Henry Epstein and the commentators Eve Buhrich and George Molnar.

Lorna Lesley
Ok it’s September
So let’s talk about the issues:
But mostly
Pass the bloody tissues.

Lorna Lesley
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