DANISH DESIGN LOCATION
In this incredible location in Hejlskov, some of the most beautiful and functional craft and design objects of our time have been created since the stone age.
HISTORY OF THE STUDIO
Going back in time, this location has been the centre of exceptional imagination and craftsmanship. In 1948, the renowned artist and craftsman Jacob Hermann rode down a dirt road on his Nimbus motorcycle to paint a watercolour of the beautiful landscape overlooking the fjord. This was where the first Danes settled during the Nordic stone age more than 10,000 years ago. Flint axes and other unique tools discovered on the site are a testament to the resourcefulness of the people who lived here. Hermann ended up buying the land to build a small atelier where he could paint his pictures and make his art and crafts during summer. In winter, Hermann worked at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen with fellow teachers such as Jørn Utzon and Hans Jørgen Wegner.
One of Hermann’s students was the soon to be legendary Bang & Olufsen chief designer Jacob Jensen. Jensen would cycle to Jutland during his summer break to visit his teacher and help him build the atelier, which eventually became the iconic design studio. Jensen ended up buying the estate from Hermann in 1965 and resettled his design studio and family in Hejlskov in 1966. Timothy Jacob Jensen was four years old at the time. By the age of 16, he joined his father’s design team. The impressive creativity coming out of the studio from generation to generation placed it amongst the elite of the international design world. In 1990, Timothy Jacob Jensen bought the estate from his father and later extended the studio with a west wing.
After separation with Jacob Jensen Design in 2018, Timothy has totally renovated the studio and installed a large geothermal system powered by electricity from all the wind turbines in the region, making the building almost environmentally neutral. Today the studio holds some 30 rooms in a 980-square-metre complex on four levels connected by three underground tunnels. The building has received attention from international media since its earliest days. It has been selected as the region’s most beautiful estate and came in second as the most beautiful home in Denmark in 2013.
THE TIMOTHY JACOB JENSEN MONOGRAM
The Timothy Jacob Jensen Studios monogram is inspired by the first task Jacob Jensen gave his son Timothy when he started as an apprentice at the design studio in 1978: to draw vertical lines
for life, horizontal ones for death and circles for the cycles of life. Out of this drawing emerged Timothy Jacob Jensen‘s initials and today it serves as his personal endorsement.