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We Covet: Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe

[Georg Jensen Vivianna watch]

We came to know Swedish designer Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe through a watch. Specifically, the Vivianna (pictured above). Our own copy editor (and a lady of elegance and poise), Alison Reid, is the proud owner of this classic design, which Bülow-Hübe created for Danish company Georg Jensen in 1962. We've always been mezmerized by the open design and mirror-like dial. In fact, Bülow-Hübe meant for the shape and finish to cause it's wearer to reflect on the passage of time, not just note it.

[teapot and creamer]

While Bülow-Hübe's most iconic jewellery pieces were made for Jensen, her international reknown also led to collaborations with companies like Dansk, for whom she created a series of simple and organic silverplate serving pieces, such as the teapot and creamer pictured above and teak and stainless steel boards and utensils for cutting and serving cheese (see below).

[Dansk cheese plane and board]

Although her design is famous for or it's thoughtfulness and spareness, Bülow-Hübe's personal life was complicated. Born into a family of artists, she began designing jewellery as a teen. In the 40s, she had a child, Pia, out of wedlock. She later married, then divorced Pia's father, married two more times and had three more children all while pursuing her passion for design and eventually becoming the first woman with her own silversmithing workshop in Sweden.

Did we mention that she did all of this in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s? Even in progressive Sweden, she was a real rebel. She called her designs "anti-status jewelry." No wonder her pieces were collected by other rule-breaking women such as Billie Holiday, Ingrid Bergman and Brigitte Bardot. And although she died in 2004, her pieces still feel as fiery and original today as they did when they were created.

[image via: the brown sparrow blog]

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Reader Comments (3)

That is a BEAUTIFUL watch. I would certainly reflect on the passage of time with that on my wrist - and I love the size of it!
I'm off to click the link and brave sticker shock ~

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTricia Rose

Thank you for the elegant layout and eloquent tribute to a wonderful artist.

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIra Coleman

That beautiful teapot is in my consignment store in Caledon Ontario. When I found it in the box that was dropped off I knew it was extraordinary - it's a piece of art. ! If you would like to purchase it, let me know. Nancy

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Angrove Urekar

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