Photographer Pernille Klemp
The author: Poul Erik Bermann
In 2009, I first encountered the name Just Andersen as I bought a pair of candlesticks for two candles. Prior to this, I had no knowledge of Just Andersen.
I studied the shape of the candlesticks closely and began searching for information on Just Andersen, but found out very quickly that not a lot had been written about him. I also decided to organise an exhibition of Just Andersen candlesticks. I was loaned and collected approximately 130 candlesticks to be included in this exhibition.
Lars Ahn of the Danish regional daily paper Dagbladet Roskilde wrote a large article on this project and as a result, the visitor numbers were above what was expected. Many collectors arrived as well as a lady who had worked in the Just Andersen shop on Amagertorv 4 in Copenhagen.
The interest shown the exhibition was amazing and I decided therefore to found a society – The Just Andersen Selskabet af 13. juli, 2012 – its objectives being completely clear. We were to expand the knowledge of the works of Just Andersen, find the capital to buy Just Andersen items to a museum and establish the base for this Just Andersen museum.
It is important to know our cultural heritage and therefore I was totally convinced that I had to write a book about Just Andersen. In January 2013 a fantastic article was accepted by the Danish magazine Antik og Auktion. The content touched upon art, design, nostalgia, prices and trends. I feel very humbled by the trust afforded me in the seven years I have worked on this book about Just Andersen. The support I have received have been tremendous.
This showed me that I had to keep going in order to raise the amount necessary to publish this book. I am therefore happy to be able to say that I have succeeded. I see similarities between Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Ugly Duckling and the life span of Just Andersen. The book will provide an insight into the life of Just Andersen and his fight for recognition.
Regardless of personal, financial and historical adversities, Just Andersen became a star. A star that still shines bright throughout the world today.