National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Henning Koppel was one of the most innovative silver designers of the mid twentieth century. His strikingly original designs are remarkable in the way they temper the strict rules of functionalism with organic, lifelike shapes. His aim was to make everyday objects beautiful as well as practical. Koppel was a master of abstraction, emphasising the sculptural qualities rather than surface ornament of a piece. His designs paid utmost respect to the handcraft tradition; each form was carefully raised, planished and polished to achieve a lustre that fully complimented its sleek, curvilinear volumes.