Collection Online
stainless steel, opaque synthetic polymer resin
(a-b) 20.2 × 22.8 × 10.2 cm (overall) (coffee pot) (c-d) 13.2 × 23.5 × 13.0 cm (overall) (teapot) (e) 11.4 × 8.5 × 14.2 cm (milk jug) (f) 9.5 × 5.6 × 5.0 cm (cream jug) (g-h) 5.6 × 7.6 cm diameter (overall) (sugar bowl)
Place/s of Execution
Copenhagen, Denmark
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by Incorporated Agencies Pty Ltd, 1972
Gallery location
18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor
Level 2, NGV International

Trained as an architect, Arne Jacobsen designed tablewares entirely devoid of ornament, choosing instead to focus on clarity of form and refinement of detail. The sleek volumes of the Cylinda-line service suggest their purpose with minimal reference to traditional forms. Jacobsen’s commitment to functionalism is epitomised in this service that combines sculptural, organic forms with traditional attributes of Scandinavian design – material and functional integrity. The brushed satin surfaces of the stainless steel stand in marked contrast to the shiny silver tablewares of other leading manufacturers of the day. Stelton, in particular, made its name in the production of high-quality stainless-steel tablewares.

—text from Nordic Cool: Modernist Design (Feb 2015)