Hungary 1939. The National Bank starts issuing a new banknote series. Endre Horváth is a graphic designer of new Pengo (Hungarian currency at the time) who is an excellent copper and steel scraper. He had made plans for posters, postage stamps, and banknotes in the past. It is one of his characteristics to combine the classical style with folk motifs, which made his work very popular. He used Paloc people as his models.
The new banknote series also captures several Paloc models. On the back of the 20 Pengo, there is a Paloc young lady with her dad. On the other side of the banknote there is an unknown female model. Is she really unknown? I talked to a numismatist once and I was very surprised when he told me that he knew the girl on the front of the 20 Pengo! She wasn’t a Paloc lady but a beautiful young woman that inspired Endre Horváth.
Let’s wait a minute! 1939. Young girl. Maybe 18 to 19 years old. Born around 1920-21. Do you know any 98-year-old people? There are not many, but fortunately they still live amongst us. Could one of the old ladies you see walking down the street be the beautiful girl who inspired Endre Horváth? There’s another story to the 20 Pengo: I remember when I was a child that my grandmother found some old money in the drawer of a desk. I still hear my grandmother’s veiled voice as she swirled and gently glided over the creased Pengo saying: “Our apartment. This is how much we paid for it “. She had a 20 Pengo bill in her hands.
When I was designing my new collection, I was thinking a lot: I wanted something that would sum up my work, yet that shows them in a new light. I wanted a new design that would embrace all my work, that enhances their beauty, highlights them. An idea was coming together in my head when I paid with a bill in a store… I remembered my grandmother’s gesture as she slid through the Pengo through her hands. I ran home. I started looking and luckily found the 20 Pengo bill my late grandmother had! I looked at it and I knew that was it! To make this beautiful design work, the delicate ornamentation of this living memory within me, I would use that design in my new collection.
That’s how my new collection was born. The detail-rich, subtle metalwork captures virtually any kind of porcelain or glass. The clean, fine jewelry is surrounded by Baroque-style metalwork and this creates the excitement of opposing art-worlds. Look at it, take it in, feel the history and enjoy the encounter of different worlds.