Tag Archives: porcelain

Golden dirt porcelain espresso cups by Usuals.nl

Dutch design duo Usuals created this pretty set of espresso cups. The gold seems ‘spilled’ but is non removable.

€85.00 per two

Golden Dirt by Usuals

Blow away vase

Geez, more porcelain? really?

Yes, but check out this cool video.

Design shop Moooi commissioned Swedish designers Front to digitalized an old and original vase  from the Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles-Royal Delft and exposed it to a simulated gust of wind. The new shape was reproduced which resulted in Blow away vase.

Available through the Moooi webshop.

Porcelain with an Escher-twist

What is it with the French and their flair for porcelain?


Check out these wonderful square plates from French designer brand Pied de Poule. The plates are decorated with graphic designs reminiscent of the late M.C. Escher‘s work. The pattern gradually shifts from nondescript shapes to tiny goldfish and swallows. They are part of a homeware collection called l’échappée belle consisting of pottery, plates, stationary and linen.





Porsellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg

Porsellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg

Porcelain originated in China, hence the common name for porcelain; China. As early as 100-200 CE, in the Han Dynasty, glazed ceramics were manufactured. During the Tang Dynasty, 618-906 , porcelain was exported to the Islamic world where it was of immense value. It took another couple of centuries before both the technique and products grew popularity in other areas. By the early seventeenth century, it was exported to Europe.


The Chinese managed to keep the production technique a secret for nearly a thousand years, adding to the value of porcelain. Geologist Ehrenfried von Tschirnhaus, who studied at the university of Leiden in the Netherlands, and alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttger managed to crack the code in 1708. The very first European porcelain factory was a fact in April of that same year. It opened its doors in Dresden, later opening shop in Meissen. Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen GmbH still exists today.

Originally used for table ware and decorative pieces; China soon became popular for other products such as toilet bowls, sinks and bath tubs, and later on even as base material for dental crowns. The material is sturdy, solid, water resistant if manufactured in the right way. The thinner material used for table ware tends to be more sensitive and prone to chipping and breaking. However, porcelain never gave in on popularity. To this day porcelain inspires designers and artists around the world. Astier de Villatte for one, as featured elsewhere on this site.

Further to Astier de Villatte; a few other examples of clever or stunning use of porcelain.
Berlin based designer Tina Roeder celebrates the generosity of giving flowers with this porcelain bucket. The bucket is inspired on the white plastic ones often seen in flower shops.
Tina Roeder bucket vase

Tina Roeder bucket vase

The German design company Schönbuch created a series of wall hooks made off porcelain plates and saucers. They range from 8 to 17 cm and cost around € 38,-

Schönbuch 'China' wall hooks

Schönbuch 'China' wall hooks

Canadian design duo Coe & Waito  created a series of porcelain bottles inspired by the old bottles kids dig up when playing outside. The little bottles with creamy clear glazing are decorated with embellished platinum insects, weeds and dirt as if they were only just dug up. Each bottle is about 10 cm high and costs $68 Canadian dollars.

Coe & Waito bottles

Coe & Waito bottles

Australian ceramist Shannon Garson’s fragile yet elegant porcelain bowls were inspired by birds nests and other natural patterns.

Shannon Garson bowls

Shannon Garson bowls

UK designer Sarah Grove makes porcelain vases and jugs, but their surfaces look like they are upholstered with lace and feature textured textiles to suggest comfort and luxury.

Sarah Grove textile porcelain

Sarah Grove textile porcelain


A wonderful article in the New York Times’ travel pages online suggests a trip to Munich to visit the people that are responsible for this colourful set of porcelain cups (also seen in header of this article). They Are Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg located on the grounds of the baroque wet dream of Ludwig II; Herrenchiemsee Palace.

Astier de Villatte; marvelous porcelain from Paris


Paris based ceramists Astier de Villatte makes handcrafted porcelain that looks like it walked out of a 17th century picture book. Their products range from simple big dinner plates to eg cups to coffee mugs and teacups with rich ornaments and patterns. Their shop in Paris, on the rue Saint-Honore is decorated in dark brown woods to maximise the contrast with the milky white porcelain.

In 1996 siblings Mathilde and Alexandre Carron mastered a special technique their artist father had taught them. With this they could create delicate looking milky glazed porcelain and earthenware. Since then, they secured themselves a well deserved spot on the ‘what’s hot’  list of design loving and stylish people all over the world. Though most of their products are white, no two plates, bowls, cups or mugs are exactly the same.Their brand branched out fast with many shops-in-shops and flag ship shops opening up. Further to porcelain and ceramics they added to furniture, table ware and cutlery to their range of products. And like any self respecting lifestyle brand they launched a fragance line consisting of colognes, perfumes, scented candles and soaps.

all images courtesy of Astier de Villatte / www.astierdevillatte.com

all images courtesy of Astier de Villatte / http://www.astierdevillatte.com

Their website is a small treat which reflects the brand in a fun a quirky way. Check it here