Designer    Feature 26 Apr 2013

It’s all in the detail: Arne Jacobsen develops new collection KV1 for Vola

KV1 by Arne Jacobsen for Vola: Arne Jacobsen’s design influence on the projects he worked on was total.

The Danish architect wanted to have absolute control of a project and nothing was to be left to chance, so he made it his job to focus on the details of his buildings. This led to the design of a series of products of such high quality that although they were developed in conjunction with specific building projects, they had universal application that made them feasible for standard production.

Jacobsen’s designs comprise a wide assortment of items such as furniture, textiles, lighting fixtures, door handles, cutlery, stainless steel tableware, glassware, clocks, taps and accessories.

His KV1 tap design for Vola epitomised his simple, streamlined design style. The fact that it still looks as sleek and modern today as it did when Jacobsen created it in 1968 speaks volumes about the purity of its design. It also created a design image from which all of Vola’s products have spawned throughout the 45 years since.

It is perhaps best summed up by former Vola Managing Director Carsten Overgaard – who sadly died earlier this year – when he said: “Design classics are the proof of the lasting values of good design.”

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