Allan Scharff is a Danish silversmith born in 1945, known for his long-standing design work for Georg Jensen, a renowned Danish silverware brand. He started his career by training at the Georg Jensen Silversmithy in 1967.
Scharff's designs for Georg Jensen include a wide range of objects, such as jewelry, bodywork, and glassware. His designs often reflect his fascination with nature, which may be linked to his previous experience as a mountain guide in the 1960s.
One of the notable features of Scharff's work is his emphasis on the character of objects being perceived through use. This philosophy is evident in many of his designs, such as the silver jug Hældefant (1999), which is not only visually appealing but also functional.
Apart from his work for Georg Jensen, Scharff also operates his own workshop. One of his most significant projects from his workshop is the church silver for Tjæreborg Church (1989-99).
Scharff's designs have earned him numerous accolades throughout his career. He has received several awards, including the Lunning Prize, the Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal, and the Eckersberg Medal. His work has also been exhibited in several museums and galleries worldwide.
Allan Scharff's contributions to the field of silversmithing have been significant, and his designs are considered some of the most iconic and enduring examples of Danish silverware design.