A Saucepan for My Wife - The Designer Jens Quistgaard

Stig Guldberg, Denmark, 2010

36 min.DK/DocumentaryPortrait films

He just wanted to make his wife a saucepan. That's how it all began! But the design attracts attention around the world, marking the beginning of a unique career as an industrial designer.
Jens Quistgaard covers a wide field, both as a human being and as an artist. He is an individualist who goes his own way, avoiding publicity; which may explain why he succeeds in becoming world famous while remaining unknown in his own country, Denmark.
For the first time in this filmed portrait, the designer invites a camera into his own universe. Shooting was carried out over a period of three years, ending only a few months before his death in 2008 at nearly 89. We follow Quistgaard at close range in his unique home; watch him in action at his working table; and we hear him talk of his life, his work and what drives him as a designer. The film shows examples of the breadth and range of his onput and includes unique 16 mm clips from the 50s and early 60s from his exhibitions and his architecture in the USA.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title En gryde til min kone - Designeren Jens Quistgaard
Danish title En gryde til min kone - Designeren Jens Quistgaard
Keywords Designers, Sculptors, Quistgaard, Jens, Denmark, 1950-1959, 1960-1969, 2000-2009
Director Stig Guldberg
Screenplay Stig Guldberg, Finn Mathiasen
Producer Finn Mathiasen, Ellen Birgitte Riis
Director of Photography Finn Mathiasen
Editor Mette Esmark
Sound Morten Eriksen
Composer Lars Bo Enselmann, Christian Sievert
Production country Denmark
Production company ABCFilm
Domestic distribution ABCFilm


Production company ABCFilm
Domestic distribution ABCFilm


Direction Stig Guldberg


Script Stig Guldberg
Script Finn Mathiasen


Producer Finn Mathiasen
Producer Ellen Birgitte Riis


Cinematography Finn Mathiasen
Cinematographer: Archival footage Henning Glahn
Poster Anne-Lone Krog Møller


Still Photographer: USA Ture Andersen


Editing Mette Esmark


Music Lars Bo Enselmann
Music Christian Sievert


Sound Morten Eriksen

Visual effects

Colourist Steen Linde
Graphic design Anne-Lone Krog Møller
Online Morten Eriksen

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