HEREND CELEBRATES HUNGARY’S PRESIDENCY OF THE EU WITH GIANT VASE

The one metre tall vase weighs almost 25 kilograms — quite a technical feat to produce. It is decorated with the best-known and loved Herend pattern,  Victoria, which was named in honour of the former British Monarch Queen Victoria. Excerpts from the national anthems of EU member states are inscribed in gold lettering among the pale green flowers and butterflies of the décor.

During the Presidency, the vase will be on display at the Grassalkovich Palace in Gödöllő, which will host the majority of the informal Council meetings in Hungary.

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CHOCOLATE PORCELAIN FLOOR

Bottgersteinzeug was first developed in around 1707 by Johann Frederich Bottger, hence the name, this was before he had invented European hard porcelain. The material has a few characteristics reminiscent of precious stones, it was also known as jasper porcelain. Today because of its earthy reddish brown colour it is knows as chocolate porcelain at Meissen. It is produced in a special “manufactory with in the manufactory” the so-called red mint.

Because of the special hardness of the material it is perfect for exclusive floor designs – the material protects the floor well and over time a natural patina develops.

As well as floors it also makes for a spectacular wall covering and look stunning used with other Meissen tiles.

 

Retails from 5.74 Euros plus vat for a 75 x 75 mm tile.

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Tea Drinking is a Favourite Pass-time yet again.

 

Drinking tea is fast becoming the Nation’s favourite pass-time again. But no longer the strong “builders” tea served in a in a chipped mug.  Now there are so many varieties of flavourful teas that require something more delicate to drink it from.

Herend has long been making exquisite tea services in a variety of patterns, shapes and sizes. In fact Herend has over 300 different shapes of teapots and cups to choose from, not to mention the well over 1000 patterns. There is one for every taste and decor, be it traditional, classic or contemporary. All you have to do is chose your favourite one.

All Herend Porcelain is hand painted by skilled craftsmen.

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Monochrome, Young and Stylish

MEISSEN® Launches the Young ‘Black & White Style Collection’

 The famous porcelain manufactory has hand-picked service shapes and figurines from its extensive archive containing more than 800 000 forms from four centuries that are attractive to a younger target group – both in terms of aesthetics and price. These white/black products fit into contemporary homes and give a modern feel to classic pieces.

 Included in the range is this Black and White service from Meissen just right for a younger market both in term of design and price.

It is very elegant and will fit in to your decor whether it is hyper modern, classic or more traditional.  And it is timeless and will last you for generations.  

 Christian Kurtzke, Meissen’s CEO, explains. ‘Our goal is not to lead in terms of design, but in terms of style, that is to say, to go beyond good design to good and lasting value.

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 Note to Editors:

 MEISSEN®, one of the internationally leading German luxury brands, reflects the art of luxury – ever since the establishment of the MEISSEN Manufactory in 1710.

MEISSEN’s luxury products are defined by their special material, their traditional craftsmanship, and an unusual aesthetics characterized by individuality, sensuality, and high value. MEISSEN today has over 800 employees and is represented in 30 countries around the globe with 300 specialised retail outlets as well as its own shops.

 

 

Raw Diamonds by Us from Menu

MENU has introduced a new collaboration with Danish design-comet Design by Us. The result is a set of unique and exotic crockery. The first design in this new line is Raw Diamonds, a set consisting of thermo cup, espresso thermo cup, vase, plate and bowl – cool and truly original crockery for a great breakfast.

For the design Menu has teamed up with Design by Us – a Danish design company with an international reputation for original and outstanding interior design. Architect Rasmus Larsson is the Creative Director and founder of Design by Us, and he describes his inspiration for Raw Diamonds: “We wanted to create a totally new look for a classic set of crockery: vase, cups, platter and bowl – with a design DNA that would not be instantly readable.”

Raw Diamond is made of porcelain of the highest quality, fired at 1320 degrees Celsius, ensuring its strength, durability, and an easy to clean surface. The crockery is made with multiple facets and has a biscuit surface, contrasting the sparkling glaze on the inside. “We have struggled with the uncut element, which is emphasized by the biscuit. The element of surprise is to find the Asian flower motif in strong colors crawling up on the inside,” says Larsson, who has big expectations to Raw Diamonds.

 

Name: Raw Diamonds by Us

Materials: Porcelain

Design by: Design by Us for MENU

Price: From £29.95

 

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Full Steam Ahead

MENU’ new Steam Tower makes healthy cooking a doddle.  The tower consists of 5 oven-proof pieces of porcelain that stack neatly in the oven allowing steam to circulate between the dishes, As steam transfers no taste – it is the ideal way to cook fish, meat, vegetables and dessert together.

The Steam Tower works by placing it in the oven over water. When the water turns into steam, the steam circulates around and through the layers cooking the food  in the healthiest way leaving the  finished dishes succulent and tasty.

Designer Christian Bjørn has been inspired by the Asian kitchen and created what is already on its way to become a Scandinavian classic. “I have focused on a design that must function on even a professional level – but improved many details to work even better for a modern busy family ” says designer and architect Christian Bjørn. He has worked closely with Michelin-awarded cook Morten Køster, who has been part of developing the Steam Tower concept.

“Steaming is the natural and most healthy way to cook your food in a way that preserve the vitamins and minerals  ” explains Morten Køster, who has tested the Steam Tower and put together the recipe book that comes with the Steam Tower.

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Name: Steam Tower

Materials: Porcelain

Design by: Christian Bjørn for MENU

Price: £59.00

Style Personified

Something as simple as luxury tiles can completely transform a bathroom into a place of tranquillity and beauty. Meissen’s architectural tiles are 100% waterproof, so ideally suited to bathrooms, wet rooms, spa’s and kitchens.

The Meissen range of architectural tiles comes in five categories:

Minimalism, Royally Opulent, Trends, Ornaments and Refinement, Textures and Romanticism, so there is plenty of scope to find just the right one for your personal style.

At present there are 40 different colours to choose from, more will be added later.  Meissen has the largest colour laboratory of any porcelain manufacturer in the world. On the back of the tiles is their famous logo, the crossed swords, scratched into the tiles so that they adhere to the walls easily.

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Note to Editors:

MEISSEN®, one of the internationally leading German luxury brands, reflects the art of luxury – ever since the establishment of the MEISSEN Manufactory in 1710.

MEISSEN’s luxury products are defined by their special material, their traditional craftsmanship, and an unusual aesthetics characterized by individuality, sensuality, and high value. MEISSEN today has over 800 employees and is represented in 30 countries around the globe with 300 specialised retail outlets as well as its own shops.

Sweet Sounds of Music – the Rothschild’s Songbirds

Herend’s exclusive hand-painted Rothschild Oiseaux motif with the songbirds is now 150 years old and is currently celebrating its birthday. Characteristically elegant and romantic, the gilt-edged Rothschild porcelain depicts twelve different kinds of vibrant birds or bird couples sitting on tree branches surrounded by delicate pastel-coloured butterflies, bugs and flowers.  The patterns are named after the influential Rothschild family whose history has been intertwined with much of Europe’s since the 19th Century.

The first creator of this masterpiece dreamt up the birds surrounded by a fine, glittering golden chain winding around the tree branches… Legend has it that one day Baroness Rothschild lost her valuable necklace and charged her maid with the theft. As she was walking in the garden one day she saw songbirds on a tree and near them the lost necklace. Mór Fischer, owner of the Herend Manufactory, also heard this story and, as rumour has it, designed this celebrated pattern in its memory.

Each pattern has its own unique songbirds perching in their dream gardens surrounded by fluttering butterflies and bugs, and while some patterns have been around for 150 years, others have been reinterpreted throughout the years. The new version of the pattern combines a traditional, refined style and modern expressionism.

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MEISSEN Establishes MEISSEN ART CAMPUS

MEISSEN® increases its cooperation with young as well as established international artists.

MEISSEN announced the establishment of the MEISSEN ART CAMPUS. The goal of this new institution is to foster the cooperation with artists in the fields of painting, sculpture, and architecture. In this way, Europe’s oldest porcelain manufactory wants to spark new creativity and further strengthen its leading position in the field of fine art in porcelain. 

MEISSEN®’s CEO Christian Kurtzke explains his strategy: ‘We are going back to the ideas of Max Adolf Pfeiffer, MEISSEN’s general director at the beginning of the century, who in the 1920s cooperated with external artists and thus took MEISSEN to new heights of artistic achievement. What is important to me is that every artist really engages with our special material and with where we are, because every piece of MEISSEN® porcelain also contains a piece of the region.’

In order to facilitate this, Meissen makes studios, work materials, and competent craftsmen available to the visiting artists, so that they can realise their ideas. The length of stay can vary from a few days to up to a year. Artists are housed in hotels in the region.

MEISSEN® cooperates both with established renowned artists such as the German luminaries Karl O. Goetz and Otto Piene as well as with emerging young artists who have already attracted international attention with their work.

Last month, the Iranian painters Rokni und Ramin Haerizadeh were guests at MEISSEN ART CAMPUS

 to create new works on Meissen® porcelain. According to the art historian Karin Adrian von Roques, a specialist for contemporary Islamic art, and Edgar Quadt, publisher of the magazine Artinvestor, the works of these upcoming artists have already attracted a great deal of attention at exhibitions in the Middle East as well as the US and France.

‘My long-term vision is to develop MEISSEN® into a kind of “Mecca of contemporary art.” Many artists lobe the peace and calm as well as the beauty of our Elbe region, and they are deeply impressed and inspired by the craftsmanship and artistry of the 800 people working at the manufactory. The creative engagement between in-house and external artists will ensure freshness, provide new stimuli and an artistic revitalisation at MEISSEN®,’ says Christian Kurtzke about his goals.

Furthermore, close cooperation with leading international art schools is planned. MEISSEN® looks forward with great interest to receiving applications from interested art academies as well as directly from artists.

Some of the artist’s works on MEISSEN® porcelain.

Information and applications for interested artists  from: Daniela Lippert, MEISSEN ART CAMPUS

Telephone: +49 (0) 3521 468-290 / Fax: +49 (0) 3521 468-805 E-Mail: [email protected]

Delightfully Delicate

 

Herend has launched a new service, Pivoine, which features the flower of spring the Peony so popular in Chinese decorations, traditional Chinese thought considers the Chinese Peony the symbol of prosperity, plenty, respect and dignity. It is the un-official botanical symbol of China, a symbol of spring worldwide. And a motif which Herend has used before to great acclaim.

On this new service the peony has the company of a playful butterfly, and both the peony and the butterfly are mostly placed at an angle rather than centrally giving it a light and playful air. The colours are light and pastel and the shading in the painting illustrated the craftsmanship mastered by the Herend painters.  All Herend porcelain is hand painted.

There are pieces for dinner, tea and coffee services. Price example: £154.40 for a side plate.

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Parisian Chic

They are the Parisian market-women who come from the country into the city during the early hours of the day to sell their wares. The breathtaking colours and patterns of their bodices and skirts decorated the streets of Paris. It was these images which artist Johann Joachim Kaendler admired in 1753 and created the famous figurine series ‘Cris de Paris’, based on the engravings by the Comte de Caylus.

Today, the splendid colours and patterns of Johann Joachim Kaendler’s designs adorn this set. It is the wonderful combination of traditional Meissen porcelain with a modern and exciting twist, and perfect for your café au lait and a small croissant. They are skilfully hand painted at the Meissen factory.

The large cup with motifs by Johann Joachim Kaendler, together with an elaborately painted plate retails at €299.00.

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