Diana Holstein for Royal Copenhagen
“I began working with Royal Copenhagen in 1994 when I was asked to conceive a new design for an existing classic in their crockery range. I worked with their development department to produce a range of colour schemes, of which two were finally chosen: light blue and dark blue.
The collection was named Liselund for several reasons. Primarily, I had drawn much inspiration from the beautiful chateau at Liselund, situated on the south-east tip of Denmark and built in the style of the Romantic Age.
In particular I was fascinated by the wall decorations in the chateau which used a special shading technique to carefully apply shadows within the design that seem to make the decoration float just above the surface. I adapted this technique to the design for the Liselund crockery. I was also drawn to the name “Liselund” because of my mother Lise, who I wished to thank and honour for the creative gifts she gave me.
The set was first shown at the Formland Fair in the Spring of 2001, where Royal Copenhagen and I received the Formland prize.”
Diana Holstein: “Georg Jensen Damask contacted me when they were commissioned to design and weave an exclusive gift for Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden on the occasion of her 60th birthday in 2003…”
Diana Holstein: “As a designer, I have long kept an eye on Georg Jensen Damask – a firm with products of the very highest quality and fine design traditions. When the company came under new management in 2003, the time was right for another dream to come true for me…”
Diana Holstein: “Back in 1994, I presented a gold and pearl design series to Georg Jensen and on my return from New York in 1999 we began to develop it as an exclusive pearl collection for the Georg Jensen…”
Diana Holstein: “I began working with Royal Copenhagen in 1994 when I was asked to conceive a new design for an existing classic in their crockery range. I worked with their development department to produce a range of colour schemes…”
Diana Holstein: “I had long admired another American icon, Ralph Lauren, for his way of working with classic and modern style concepts in fashion. When a close friend started working for him in 1995, she opened my eyes to his Home Collection…”
Diana Holstein: “The dream of America started in 1996, when I went to New York in pursuit of work (and a work permit). I contacted the companies I had heard of and top of the list was Tiffany & Co on Fifth Avenue – a true New York and American icon…”