The Retro Collection Cocktail Forks designed by Pierre Forssell can be used as a knife, fork or spoon. The products were first introduced during the 1950s and are now more modern and appealing than ever. Pierre Forssell, born in 1925, became a silversmith teacher at Konstfack at the early age of 17. He was later active as a designer and artistic leader for Gense. His designs includes Shakers, Cocktail Forks and Retro Salad Servers.
150 years of tradition in manufacturing cutlery recognizes Gense as one of Europe’s largest suppliers of cutlery. Gense was established in 1856 by Gustav Eriksson and is today one of Scandinavia’s largest producers of stainless steel cutlery. All over the world, the Gense brand is associated with high quality cutlery. All Gense cutlery adds beauty to your everyday life, and is distinguished by innovative design.
Form and function come together in Gense products. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, Gense has been associated with well-known designers. The Gense trademark is founded on respect for traditions, and the rich complexity of craftsmanship. Many years of co-operation with well-known designers has resulted in the development of a series of classical, innovative, and functional cutleries, always respecting the material – the highest quality of stainless steel. The Gense concept has even participated in setting the standard for Scandinavian design. By balanced styling, the cutlery creates a good synergy in your hands. They are wear-resistant and of course they go straight into the dishwasher.
PIERRE FORSSELL / Retro Collection
Pierre Forssell (1925 – 2004) grew up in central Stockholm. He was trained as a silversmith and got his journeyman’s certificate in the profession in 1949. He even took a handicraft teaching degree and began teaching in silversmithing at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm when he was only 27 years old.
In parallel with the teaching profession, Forssell undertook standalone design commissions, including at Gense in Eskilstuna. There, he designed the cutlery series “Piruett” and the “Shakers.” His breakthrough came at the legendary H55 exhibition in Helsingborg, where his typical and clean 1950s design attracted wide attention.
Forssell was employed at Skultuna Messingsbruk 1955 to 1986, and did much to give the brass and Skultuna a new status in the 1960s and 70s. Having previously designed mostly household utensils and cutlery at Gense, Forssell appreciated working with brass and gave Skultuna tight and modern design.