As contemporary and visually stunning today as it was a half century ago, Arne Jacobsen’s Cylinda Line remains an extensive range of stainless steel tabletop, bar, and serving pieces. The range gets its name from the designer’s overarching use of the cylindrical form expressed in various diameters and heights based upon the object’s intended function. As the story goes, Stelton’s managing director in the 1960s was Peter Holmblad who happened to be Arne Jacobsen’s stepson. Holmblad was interested in creating a cylindrical range of stainless steel and challenged his stepdad to participate in the design process. From 1964 through 1967, Jacobsen and Holmblad overcame several obstacles in producing the range’s distinctive cylindrical form. New techniques were specifically developed to roll the sheet stainless steel around a cylindrical form where it was welded. As Jacobsen insisted that any resulting seam had to be invisible, new equipment was again developed specifically to polish away any weld marks. In 1967, Stelton launched its initial collection of 15 Cylinda Line pieces that included barware, table serving pieces, as well as a coffee and tea service. It garnered the prestigious Danish Design Award the same year. Throughout the late 1960s, new pieces were added to the initial core range and it quickly became a global sensation. Over the ensuing five decades, examples of Cylinda Line have found their way into the permanent collections of countless museums worldwide including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.
In addition to Arne Jacobsen’s Cylinda Line pieces, Switch Modern also shows and stocks many other Stelton classics by Erik Magnussen and Peter Holmblad from the 1970s as well as contemporary designs by Holmbäck Nordentoft, Christina Halskov, and Klaus Rath. As part of celebrating Cylinda Line’s 50th anniversary, we invite you to enjoy a 10% discount on any Stelton purchase through May 15. Simply use discount code CYLINDA50 when checking out.