Collected in the Early ’60s
The following story comes from BNK, who had quite a collection of Dansk. Here’s her story:
“My Mother was a very good cook and baker. I remember being aware, even at a very young age, that our house was always the center of everything. When I grew up and got married, my home functioned in that way too. I enjoyed cooking and collecting recipes — had over 600 cookbooks. I like to think that I became not only proficient, but quite good at turning out flavorful meals. We used to have a New Year’s Day Brunch every year with as many as 70 guests. (The fact that my husband owned and ran a hotel and institution supply business made equipment easy to come by.)
“The Dansk cooking to table serving pieces and casseroles were invaluable.
“It seems we were always interested in Scandinavian style furnishings. Period decor never appealed to us, nor did the ‘outre’ modern look. We were taken with the clean, tranquil furniture and furnished our bedrooms with Herman Miller and Knoll. Our dining room pieces are Jens Risom, the table opening to seat 16…. We took our first trip to Europe early in the nineteen sixties and became acquainted with Dansk at that time. That’s when we started amassing our pieces. We loved the lines, the functionality, the color (I’m a blue person) and the variety offered.
“I started my collection and eventually wound up with (literally) one of every size casserole. Actually, it was more than that because we gave sets to our kids too. Also, small and large paella pans, roasting pans, stock pots, and small saucepans. Saute and fry pans, candlestick holders, and pitchers were part of our collection too.
“We had the octagonal glasses — milk and juice size, an assortment of mugs, small and large wood cheese boards, several wood salad bowls with serving spoons and forks for them, trivets, some tablecloths and napkins, kitchen towels. We never passed a Dansk shop without looking to see what was new, on sale, or marked down.”
It’s impressive how someone who already had quite a collection of very functional cookware found Dansk Designs products important to her lifestyle, in shape, color, and usability. This is great evidence of Dansk’s clear product message. Thank you, BNK.