Born in 1918, she was in many ways a pioneering woman, working in a highly male-dominated field at a time where some still thought of women as mediocre. The story goes that Grethe Meyer always held firm to her beliefs and was never afraid to invoke them. Her work was very systematic and thorough; she analyzed details like people’s eating habits or space limitations in their homes, and used her knowledge to create products that were not only beautiful, but also very much usable and practical.
In 1960 she founded her own architectural firm and began giving special attention to everyday products for the table and kitchen. Surely something that so many people use so much, day after day, deserves some extra attention? Her work process was open and creative, and because she did not always have a clear idea of what the finished product would be, she was free to look at all the details – shapes, materials and colors – over and over, and over again, and then once more, until she was convinced the combination was right. Her designs always had quality, personality, and respect for the user.
Grethe Meyer is especially known for her furniture work on ‘BB Boligens Byggeskabe’ with Danish architect Børge Morgensen, and later on for her popular series ‘Blå Kant’, ‘Ildpot’ and ‘Firepot’ for Royal Copenhagen. She also created a highly popular cutlery design, ‘Copenhagen’, for Georg Jensen and drew numerous lamps.
Her honed sense of the idioms of simplicity and sleekness has made many of her designs into classics, and thanks to her timeless designs we now have the pleasure, and honor, of putting the Grethe Meyer Lamp into production for the first time, developed from the original sketches from 1984. The GM Pendant Lamp is available in two different sizes for different uses. Hang one large lamp over the dining table, 2 small ones in the kitchen or several lamps together as a graphic installation.
Grethe Meyer passed away in 2008 after a long and successful life, creating many wonderful designs and shaping the way people lived. She received numerous awards and acclaims for her work and today several of her products are exhibited in design museums all over the world.
All GM pendant lamps are constructed with UL approved parts, and is available in copper, moss green, basalt grey and light grey.