Grethe Meyer is one of Denmark’s most distinguished representatives of Danish industrial design. She was a designer and an architect and won numerous awards for her work.
She lived from 1918-2008, and was a pioneer woman, working in a highly male dominated field in a time when some still thought of women as mediocre. The stories say that Grethe Meyer always had firm beliefs and was never afraid to express them. Her work was very systematic and thorough; she analysed details like people’s eating habits or space limitations in their homes, and used her knowledge to create products that were not only beautiful, but also highly usable and practical.
In 1960 she founded her own architectural firm and focused her attention on everyday products for the table and kitchen. Surely something so many people use so much, day after day, deserves some extra attention? Her work process was open and creative, and because she did not always have a clear idea of what the finished product would be, she was free to look at all the details – shapes, materials and colors – over and over and over again, and then once more, until she was convinced this was the right way. Her designs always had quality, personality and respect for the user.
Grethe Meyer is especially known for her furniture work on ‘BB Boligens Byggeskabe’ with Danish architect Børge Mogensen and later on her popular series ‘Blå Kant’, ‘Ildpot’ and ‘Firepot’ for Royal Copenhagen. She also did a highly popular cutlery design ‘Copenhagen’ for Georg Jensen and drew numerous lamps.
Grethe Meyer passed away in 2008 after a long and successful life, designing and shaping the way people lived. She received numerous awards and acclaims for her work and today several of her products are exhibited in design museums all over the world.