Microwave Cooking for One by Marie T Smith
Shopping for Microwave Safe Dinnerware
More than forty years ago, New York entrepreneur and engineer Ted Nierenberg,
and his wife Martha, traveled to Denmark, At Copenhagen's Kunsthaandvaerker Museum they saw a
hand-forged fork, spoon and knife with teakwood handles that had won a design competition for
35-year-old Jens Quistgaard. Elegant and pure, the design combined two natural materials in a
graceful manner — a simple concept for the Nineties, but revolutionary for the Fifties.
Quistgaard told Nierenberg that his designs were too difficult to manufacture and no one wanted
to tackle them. But Nierenberg's search led him to manufacturing sources he knew could execute
such pieces; he convinced Quistgaard that they had to try. The pattern was Fjord. The company
was Dansk. And the energy born of the fusion of Nierenberg's marketing genius and Quistgaard's
brilliant creativity ignited a whole new industry. "Tabletop" had been redefined.
Nierenberg knew nothing of retailing, but he went out on the road to sell Fjord.
The first 60 stores he visited placed orders. Fjord went "platinum" and for 30 years
was in the Dansk product line. It was discontinued in 1984 when it could no longer be manufactured
maintaining Dansk's quality standard at an affordable price. When it was retired, Fjord sold
for $100 a place setting.
Dansk proceeded to grow with the unique idea that every object needed for the
top of the table could be beautiful as well as useful. Many of his Dansk designs found their way
to permanent collections of the Louvre, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Smithsonian
Introductions into the product line had a "safe" feel for the consumer
because the designs could be mixed and matched. The Dansk approach became a lifestyle choice.
The Current Dansk Patterns
Retired Patterns — Don't see your pattern on this page? Check
the retired pattern section for solutions finding replacement pieces for your discontinued
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