The collection
Bulbous beige jug with brushed-metal spout, lid, and handle, similar to the form of a classic restaurant coffeepot but canted forward.

Insulated Jug, Quack

Designed by
Maria Berntsen (born 1951)
Plastic, aluminum, zinc
Produced by
Georg Jensen, Copenhagen, Denmark
16 x 22 x 14.5 cm

The Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, 2008.12

For this insulated jug, Swedish designer Bernsten began with the idea of a compact object that would rest solidly on a table. The design is her take on 1930s streamlining, with its dramatic angle suggesting forward movement, and a lifted handle like a tail flying in the wind.

Yet the jug’s contemporary origins are visible in its muted, earthy colors—beige (seen here), green, and chocolate brown—and its squat ovoid form, which softens the streamlined effect and humorously evokes the duckling of its name, Quack.

The Stewart Program for Modern Design, photo: Denis Farley.