Like the art phenomenon it derives its name from, the design duo Stilleben (’still life’) represents a combination of elements that come together in a harmonious whole. Ditte Reckweg and Jelena Nordentoft have achieved the same harmonious resonance. The two ceramicists met at The Danish Design School, and shortly after graduation they had the idea for the shop Stilleben, which carries carefully selected craft and design objects for the table, the home and the wardrobe. The main emphasis was on ceramics, and the presentation of objects on the shelves was carefully balanced and aesthetic. The rest is history. With their shop concept and their emphasis on quality, Reckweg and Nordentoft proved themselves successful first movers. Today, 15 years later, Stilleben is a trend-setting and internationally recognised gallery in the heart of Copenhagen, driven by a clear sense of aesthetic, quality and passion.
After founding the store, the two designers have also pursued their other dream, of designing ceramics, and today they have successful careers as Ditte Reckweg, Jelena Nordentoft and Stilleben. The duo has designs in production at Kähler and Skagerak and under their own name, all in an expression where aesthetic comes before function with a special emphasis on tactile qualities. As commercially successful entrepreneurs, they know that the emotional aspect is just as important as function and quality for the appeal and sale of a product – whether ceramics, bags, jewellery, rugs or jars.