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She loves to experiment. Colours, patterns and materials in particular.

The works of Bethan Laura Wood move between art, design and craftsmanship. All of them being quite extravagant items. The English designer, who has her own studio in London, studied product design at the Royal College of Art under Martino Gamper and Jurgen Bey. She designs furniture, lamps, jewellery and carpets for manufacturers such as Moroso, Hermès and Kvadrat.

For Rosenthal, Bethan Laura Wood dared to take on a real classic: the tac porcelain set that Walter Gropius developed in the 1960s with his architectural practice by the name of the architects collaborative. She has designed a graphic motif that is inspired by the woven works of Bauhaus. Her second project for Rosenthal is a creatively and technically sophisticated tea set that is available in dyed porcelain.

Tongue

Hommage to the classic

Inspired by the combination of the lid and handle on Walter Gropius’ TAC teapot, British designer Bethan Laura Wood created a tea set that is both striking and expressive in homage to the iconic original.

A distinctive slender handle, the rim of which protrudes over the lid, and a spout featuring a sunken relief create the linear body of the pot. The teapot lid, with its profiled upturned shape, is in dialogue with the handle. The limited tea set is available in the colour variants "Peacock" and "Pelican".

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Tac Rhythm

Bauhaus inspired art of weaving

Bethan Laura Wood is particularly appreciated for her experimental designs that play with colour and material. For the Bauhaus anniversary year, the British designer created an expressive jubilee motif reminiscent of overlapping warp and weft threads in the manufacture of textiles, providing the austere shape with a flowing and, at the same time, playfully colourful motif.

Wood also had in mind the expressive weaving works of Anni Albers, who studied at the Bauhaus from 1922 and later lived in one of the master houses in Dessau with her husband Josef, who was regarded as an extremely influential painter, colour theorist and art teacher.

 
Plate 19 cm TAC Gropius Rhythm
€ 24.50*
Tea Pot 3 TAC Gropius Rhythm
€ 249.00*
Cup 4 low TAC Gropius Rhythm
€ 32.00*
Sugar Bowl 3 TAC Gropius Rhythm
€ 82.00*

About

Bethan Laura Wood

We talked to the designer about her love of crafts, her epiphanies in Selb and English tea time with German porcelain.

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On the one hand, the factory produces items such as TAC that have a Bauhaus tradition. On the other hand, they make extravagant Versace pieces. I was also impressed by the employees’ artisanal skills, their dedication and attention to detail.

YOUR NAME IS A BYWORD FOR INTENSE COLOURS AND EXCITING PATTERNS. WHAT IDEAS DID YOU HAVE FOR ROSENTHAL?

The tea set I have designed will be available in dyed porcelain – in the colours Hot Coral, Mild Turquoise, Chewinggum, Deep Peacock and Hot Mustard. Inspired by Bauhaus, in particular by Anni and Josef Albers’ woven works, I also developed a new motif for the TAC tea set by Walter Gropius. The colourful motif is reminiscent of overlapping warp and weft threads. I wanted to strike a balance between Gropius’ strict shape and my idea of design. I like things colourful and bright. (laughs)

DID YOU HAVE RESPECT FOR THE TASK? AFTER ALL, TAC IS A TRUE DESIGN CLASSIC

Yes, I really respected the task and it took me a while until I was sure what I wanted to do with it. In a way, it was a dialogue between TAC and me. My motif is designed to highlight the movement, the flow of the shape – especially the tea pot.

HOW WAS WORKING WITH ROSENTHAL?

It was really enriching. We shared our knowledge and learned from each other. First, I suggested some ideas, then we discussed as a team if they would work or not. The technical development of my designs was also very interesting. After all, they should work in everyday life.

DO YOU USE TAC AT HOME?

I took a few pieces to my father in London. I knew he would like them.

SO NOW YOUR FATHER DRINKS HIS ENGLISH TEA FROM A GERMAN TEA CUP?

Yes, that’s right. (laughs)

Rosenthal Porcelain Collections

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