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)