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In the architectural hall of fame, the late Jørn Utzon holds a revered place for his soaring Sydney Opera House. It all started when a childhood fascination with his father’s drawings as a naval engineer eventually led to Utzon’s lifelong love of seagoing; in fact, the eponymous Utzon Lamp JU1 was one of his first designs inspired by ships. Dating to 1947, a full 10 years before work began on the opera house, it’s a beacon of inspired design and now produced by Copenhagen design hub &Tradition. We think the lines of the Utzon remain as fresh and expressive today, in a choice of lacquered copper, polished chrome or crisp white.
Design is never static. When Copenhagen-based &Tradition was established in 2010, founder Martin Kornbek Hansen's mission was to produce work that was defined by a unique vision, whether it came from Danish legends of the past or young innovators of the future. The roster extends from timeless luminaries such as Verner Panton and Arne Jacobsen to current leading lights Samuel Wilkinson and Norm.Architects to exciting new names Mia Hamborg and Victor Vetterlein. As the company's Kornbek Hansen puts it: "We see a kinship between the old masters, who were avant-garde in their time, and new designers creating the ground-breaking icons of today."
With its library of furniture and lighting extending from the 1930s to the present day, the firm is uniquely positioned to carry on the Nordic tradition of unstinting craftsmanship and adroit use of materials. Nonetheless, &Tradition sees its future in global terms, handpicking design talent and production facilities internationally in an effort to continually produce relevant product and engage a new generation of conscious consumers.
Born in 1918, Danish architect Jørn Utzon's childhood memory of huge ships in dry-dock would inspire the signature hull-like roof of his landmark Sydney Opera House. He originally studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and then fled World War II to Sweden and later Finland, where he worked with Alvar Alto. After the war, he travelled in Europe and Mexico, calling a vista of the Mayan pyramids "one of the greatest architectural experiences in my life."
Jørn visited Frank Lloyd Wright's home, Taliesin West, in the Arizona desert and met Charles and Ray Eames. Establishing his own Copenhagen studio in 1950, he built an open-plan house for himself, the first of its kind in Denmark. In 1957, he unexpectedly won the competition to design the Sydney Opera House, out of 233 submissions, many from important architects of the day. Eero Saarinen described the plan as "genius." Construction began in 1959 and was not complete until 1973. By then, the architect had departed the project after political rifts. Retiring to Majorca, he died in 2008 after having been awarded the Pritzker Prize and seeing the opera house declared a World Heritage Site.