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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.

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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.

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