Kim Naver

Kim Naver (b. 1940)

Kim (Karen Margrethe) Naver is known as a price winning master weaver, and a leading figure in Danish modern textile art. She continued the tradition of high-quality weaving from her teachers Lis Ahlmann, with whom she did her apprenticeship, and Vibeke Klint, the Lunning Prize winner of 1960. Running her own independent workshop from 1966, Kim Naver weaved unique tapestries and rugs, and designed industrial and ecclesiastical textiles.

In 1970 Kim Naver was awarded her own Lunning Prize, thus becoming one of the youngest designers ever to have won the prize. She did this only four years after finishing her apprenticeship. Among her most important works is a series of tapestries for the reception hall of the National Bank of Denmark in Copenhagen, commissioned to compliment Arne Jacobsen’s architecture.

In the 1970s Kim Naver extended her design work to other materials, such as porcelain, glass and metals. In 1971 she started working with Georg Jensen, designing jewelry in sterling silver, and later also in gold. At Georg Jensen she became part of a new generation of female designers, such as Ibe Dahlquist, (Vivianna) Torun Bülow-Hübe and Astrid Fog, whose design helped Georg Jensen in making jewelry the primary part of the company’s production at a time when public interest in hallowware had dwindled.

Ring by Kim Naver for Georg Jensen. Made in silver, in a hexagonal form, smooth and soft, yet clearly defined. Danish MCM Jewelry from one of the masters.As a jewelry designer Kim Naver is less well known than the more high-profiled Ibe Dahlquist and of course Torun, who were themselves prominent silversmiths. Naver stayed true to the materials she worked with, but kept her main focus on textile work. In style her jewelry bears similarity to the jewelry of Astrid Fog, a Danish fashion designer who created her first jewelry collection for Georg Jensen in 1969.

With the use of simple geometric shapes, such as squares, hexagons, and circles, her jewelry is distinctive with large bold shapes, often utilizing hollow silver forms. Kim Naver’s designs are in fact often mistaken by sellers and collectors for being by Astrid Fog, who had a more extensive production for Georg Jensen. Nevertheless, with her hallow bangle bracelets and puffed rings and jewelry sets, Kim Naver contributed to the bold and classy 1970s style that kept Georg Jensen as a leading brand of high-quality Scandinavian modern jewelry.