Knabstrup Keramik - Vases and more between tradition and modernity
Knabstrup Keramik is among the oldest and most traditional ceramic brands in Denmark. However, with the original company having had to close down in 1988, and only beginning to conquer the domestic market again since the relaunch in 2017, the brand with its roots in the 17th century can be considered a newcomer. Numerous ceramic vases, plates and bowls prove that tradition and contemporary Scandinavian design go hand in hand in the brand originally founded as a brickyard.
From design icons and milestones
When Knabstrup Keramik was reborn, the people responsible were mainly concerned with preserving magnificent Danish designs. After all, the company had many milestones, especially in the post-war years and up to well into the 1970s. Renowned designers worked for the brand and designed classics that are still contemporary, chic and typically Scandinavian to this day. The most important is the renowned Danish sculptor Johannes Hansen, who was the artistic director in charge of numerous developments in the ceramic forge for 20 years. The current assortment owes Johannes Hansen a variety of plates and cups made of glazed earthenware. Johannes also designed the Anna series with its down-to-earth, two-tone vases, bowls and plates and dedicated them to his wife Anna Catherine. The classic Knabstrup Vase is also well-known and popular. Also this year, it is available in many sizes and colours. The first ceramics from this collection also date back to the days of Johannes Hansen. With the Trio Series by Kirsten Günther, the range of beautiful vases is nearly limitless. Kirsten is a renowned Danish craftswoman and potter, who worked for Knabstrup Keramik from 1972 to 1973. The products that are being revived also include the typical Danish pastry bowls of the Dejfade collection or the simple, but particularly chic ceramic jars of the Pickle Series, which are perfectly suitable as flower pots but originally were made for preserving things.
Even today, big names belong to the Knabstrup designers
It was not enough for the makers behind Knabstrup Keramik to preserve and manage one legacy alone. The company was always seen as an innovator in ceramics. Since Johannes Hansen, the company has also been a trendsetter in the field of design. New impulses and icons will take place under the creative direction of Kim Kordt Jørgensen, who has become a partner and design director of the old-new ceramic brand after holding leading positions at Kähler Design and Lucie Kaas. She was immediately able to win the approval of design giants for the project. Nobody other than Denmark's best-known glass designer Peter Svarrer is contributing the vases to the new Leaf Collection. The duo Clib Klap with Claire Maria Lehmann and Iben Harboe also created the Knabstrup Plateau, which is a rustic vase coming in various sizes and 3 glazes.
The design duo Leise Dich Abrahamsen and Tina Marie Bentsen build a bridge between tradition and new creation. Relieffer pursues a model from the Knabstrup history of 1959, when they were looking for a decoration apart from paintings for bare walls and found it with stone tile reliefs, which the ceramic brand successfully sold in the 60s and 70s. The artists took a modern interpretation of this approach and created a new version of the original reliefs.
You can order Knabstrup ceramics at scandinavian-lifestyle.com
All of us from scandinavian-lifestyle were delighted about the great success of the new vases, bowls, plates and decorations of Knabstrup Keramik in Denmark and other Scandinavian countries. After all, this made it highly likely that we would be able to offer our Scandinavian design lovers this exceptional brand soon within our assortment. Since 2019, the ceramics brand has been available in Germany in a handful of selected shops and stores that we are allowed to be a part of. We hope you enjoy exploring the exciting designs of the brand and would be glad to answer your questions!