Peter Holmblad tried repeatedly to convince Arne Jacobsen to develop something new for Stelton, but he succeeded only when he showed his stepfather some drawings of his own ideas. Arne Jacobsen found his son in law’s sketches so hopeless that he finally relented. The goal of their joint project was to create a series of products that would include tea and coffee services as well as bowls, ice buckets and pitchers for the dining table and bar. Everything was to be made from stainless steel. And, according to Peter Holmblad, all pieces should be cylindrical so that they could be cut from standard pipe sections.
Arne Jacobsen’s interpretation of the design brief proved to be difficult to produce and three years would pass before Stelton launched its new products under the Cylinda Line name. The products created an immediate sensation as an innovation within their category. Pure, cylindrical forms and the novel use of plastic for the specially designed handles were common features across the line. The resulting simplicity, along with the soft finish of the lightly brushed stainless steel, stood in beautiful contrast to the polished curves that otherwise dominated the market at the time. Arne Jacobsen hoped that Cylinda Line products would enrich the lives of average consumers with industrial design that was functional and affordable. Cylinda Line won the Danish Design Council’s ID Prize in 1967. Cylinda-line is the heart of Stelton’s design DNA. Cylindrical design has become a timeless classic. Iconic and minimalistic.