Georg Jensen introduces Christmas Collectibles by Monica Förster
A longstanding Georg Jensen tradition, the Christmas Collectibles series is an annual celebration of holiday themes and symbols, as interpreted by a new, leading designer every year. For 2018, the Stockholm-based designer, Monica Förster, presents a nature-inspired collection of contemporary ornaments featuring: a winter bird, an acorn, a birdhouse, and a pinecone.
This year’s highly collectible mobile features a plump winter bird delicately perched on a wire, underneath a branch of mistletoe hanging from the frame of a birdhouse. Dangling from a red or forest green ribbon, the mobile moves gracefully, animating the small still-life taking place within.
The bird, acorn and pinecone motifs play out across a series of three-dimensional pendant ornaments, silhouetted ornaments, and delicate branch candleholders intended to illuminate the Christmas tree in true Scandinavian fashion. Available in 18-karat gold plated zinc alloy or in a palladium plated zinc alloy, the mobiles and ornaments provide a beautiful and delicate metallic sheen, for a lively and festive touch.
Having worked across a wide array of disciplines from lighting and ceramics, to furniture and textiles Stockholm-based Förster is considered one of Scandinavia’s leading contemporary designers.
Her idea-driven practice examines the underlying narratives and themes that will make an object feel meaningful and distinct, before addressing color, shape, and design detail. As a result, Förster’s designs are conceptually rich and imaginative, while always staying true to a clean, Scandinavian design sensibility.
Indeed, the Christmas Collectibles 2018 reveal Förster’s sensitively modern aesthetic, as well as her playful approach to form and decoration. With their simple, graphic silhouettes, rich textures and fine detailing, Förster’s dynamic ornaments feel decidedly modern while celebrating the long-standing Scandinavian tradition for holiday decoration.
“Both Monica Forster and Georg Jensen have unique, yet complementary approaches to Scandinavian design. Monica has a talent with scale from her work on furniture to jewellery that reflects in the architectural pieces she has designed for Georg Jensen. The winter bird annual mobile captures the warmth and feeling of the holiday season in the most natural of ways. Monica has taken inspiration from her home in Northern Sweden to express the peace in nature during winter. The bird has a modern feel but remains a classic in the tradition of other Georg Jensen Christmas collectibles from the past 30 years. We are proud that Monica Förster has applied her contemporary eye to this world and think the results speak to all generations”, says Nicholas Manville, SVP Design & Merchandising.