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Ole Jensen

Ole Jensen is a ceramist and designer born in 1958 in Denmark. Jensen attaches great importance to the primary function of things and to the pleasure of performing everyday tasks. With a strict adherence to functionalism and simultaneously deploying a wry sense of humour, his housewares are all at once highly utilitarian and sculpturally playful. His past honors and awards include the Kay Bojesen Memorial Prize (1997); a three year Grant by the Danish Arts Foundation (1998); Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal of The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (2004); Design Plus Prize, Ambiente Fair, Frankfurt (1998, 2002, 2005) and The Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize, Sweden (2006).

Jensen’s work is permanently on display at the New Carlsberg Foundation, Copenhagen; Danish Museum of Art and Design, Copenhagen; Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Cologne; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Röhsska Design Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden, among others. He graduated from the Design School in Kolding, Denmark in 1985, and from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen in 1990.


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Dustpan and Broom

Dustpans are often relegated to the kitchen's darkest corners, but not without good reason; The old, rusty-and-crusty metal versions can get caked with crud pretty quickly. Ole Jensen's bight polypropelene not only looks nicer—a simple piece of flat plastic with a small beech-and-natural-bristle brush—but works better too, flexible enough to bend and fold to help grab up household dirt. Plus, you can hang it on the wall for easy access.

Dustpan and Brush

Inspiration can strike at any time. For Ole Jensen, it happened while using a folded newspaper to clean up a mess in his studio. After realizing its usefulness, he substituted his morning read with a thin sheet of poly-propylene, which collects even the most minute grains of dust and grime, and a natural-­bristle beechwood brush. When you’re done cleaning up, simply slide the brush handle through the grommet of the minimalist pan and hang it for easy storage.