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GRETHE MEYERS

A modest presence who would ultimately become a towering figure in Danish design, the late Grethe Meyer was a pioneer in a then male-dominated field, establishing her own studio in 1960. Many of her designs focused on the places people gather—the kitchen, the dinner table. She thought long and hard about an object's purpose, with the idea "that the design must be uncomplicated, and the product easy and comfortable to use, and as simple and anonymous as possible."

Educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Architecture, she was also an educator and later contributed to "The Building Book," which for years was the foundation for teaching there. Grethe's work continues to be exhibited in museums around the world and she also received numerous industry accolades. Ultimately, she believed, design could enrich daily life. "I think that beauty will present itself," she said. "A beauty that gives the people who are using the product a natural pleasure, a pleasure which preferably grows stronger the more the product is used."