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Nanna Ditzel

Danish, 1923-2005

Nanna Ditzel was the most versatile and creative female designer that Denmark produced in the 20th century. Ditzel brought her talents to bear on a staggering array of forms — she designed furniture, jewelry, tableware and textiles; and she shaped her pieces using an equally astonishing variety of materials, from wood and wicker to silver, ceramics and fiberglass.

Born in Copenhagen, she trained as a cabinetmaker at the Royal Academy's furniture school — overseen by the great craftsman of the day, Kaare Klint — and graduated in 1943. Ditzel’s early work adhered to the classic Danish modernist tenets of simplicity, comfort and quality, and her armchairs, with their softly curved backrests are much in the spirit of Hans Wegner. Ditzel’s signature piece of that time is her Ring chair. Designed along with her husband, Jørgen Ditzel, a fabric maker, the chair has a semicircular padded armrest that seems to embrace the sitter. Ditzel began designing in wicker and in 1959 produced the Hanging chair. The piece, suspended from the ceiling by a chain, became a favorite for fashion shoots and may be as iconic of the 1960s as Eero Aarnio’s plastic Ball chair of 1963.

In 1956, Ditzel began designing for the Danish silverware firm Georg Jensen. In an association that lasted some 40 years, Ditzel would create organically shaped jewelry, barware, ceramic tableware and even tablecloths. Like her fellow Dane Verner Panton, Ditzel was not afraid to embrace industrial materials, and she began designing fiberglass chairs in the mid-1960s. Some of her most flamboyant work came toward the end of her career, in pieces such as 1989’s Bench for Two, with its shocking Op-art finish, or the Trinidad chair of 1992, with it’s sunburst-like, cut-though backs. Such feats of creativity were a fitting coda to one of the most imaginative, prolific and remarkable women of modern design.

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$5,499
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Nanna Ditzel for Georg Jensen Sterling Silver No 128a Drop Earrings
By Nanna Ditzel
Located in Skanninge, SE
Great pair of earrings designed by legend Nanna Ditzel for Georg Jensen in the 1970s. Very nice vintage condition. Nanna Ditzel (1923 - 2005) was one of Denmark’s most accomplished ...
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1970s Modernist Vintage Nanna Ditzel

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Sterling Silver

1960s Georg Jensen Boomerang 925 Silver Necklace Model 276
By Nanna Ditzel
Located in Port Hope, ON
This is a modernist piece designed by Nanna Ditzel for Georg Jensen in the 1960s. It is made of 925 silver; has a toggle closure, and is engraved 925 S Denmark, Georg Jensen and 276....
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1960s Modernist Vintage Nanna Ditzel

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Silver

Bracelet Model 165 Designed by Nanna Ditzel for Georg Jensen, Denmark, 1966
By Nanna Ditzel
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sterling silver. Very rare double version. L: 17,5 cm/ 7'' W: 4,5 cm/ 1 3/4''
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1960s Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

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Sterling Silver

Silver Bangle Designed by Nanna Ditzel for Georg Jensen, Denmark, 1956
By Nanna Ditzel
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sterling silver. Inside measurements: L: 6,5 cm/ 2 1/2'' W: 6 cm/ 2 3/8'' Literature: A similar example can be seen in the book, GEORG JENSEN JEWELRY by Isabelle Anscombe, Yale Uni...
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1950s Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

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Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Ring, Denmark
By Nanna Ditzel
Located in Stamford, CT
A sweeping modernist ring, hallmarked and designed by Nanna Ditzel from the Danish silversmithing shop of Georg Jensen in Denmark c. 1940-50. The ring in solid sterling is like a scu...
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Mid-20th Century Modernist Nanna Ditzel

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Sterling Silver

Ring Designed by Nanna Ditzel for Georg Jensen, Denmark, 1960s
By Nanna Ditzel
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sterling silver.
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1960s Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

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Sterling Silver

Ring Designed by Nanna Ditzel for Georg Jensen, Denmark, 1960s
By Nanna Ditzel
Located in Stockholm, SE
Sterling silver.
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1960s Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

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Sterling Silver

1960s Nanna Ditzel for George Jensen Sterling Silver Necklace
By Nanna Ditzel
Located in New York, NY
This signed Nanna Ditzel necklace is 28 inches long and weighs about 97 grams. Design no. 141 in the George Jensen production, the necklace was made in Denmark. It could also be wo...
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1960s Vintage Nanna Ditzel

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Sterling Silver

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Nanna Ditzel jewellery & watches for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a range of Nanna Ditzel jewellery and watches. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using silver. This collection contains 10 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th Century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewellery & watches by Faraone Mennella, Wempe and Lagos Caviar. Nanna Ditzel jewellery & watches can vary depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$650 and tops out at US$6,250, while pieces like these can sell for US$1,781.