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Under Philip Rosenthal, the porcelain factory founded by his father was transformed into a company synonymous with sophisticated, ambitiously designed tableware and home decor. From then on, architecture; art; design; technology and craftsmanship would be regarded as one entity. Just how important Philip Rosenthal is when it comes to uniting good design and constructed environment; creative collaboration with designers and promoting talent is illustrated by the Rosenthal Studio Award for Industrial Design, which was first awarded back in 1965. With a cash prize of DM 25,000 back then, the award was designed to recognise “trend-setting, promising ideas and designs that improve the human environment” and “pieces that are not simply made to be functional and flawless, but that are also exceptionally well designed”.
This is also the approach followed by the design competition that Rosenthal initiated in mid-2015 on the crowdfunding platform www.designenlassen.de. (Young) designers are required to create a new porcelain design or a new piece as a gift idea to mark the 100th birthday of Philip Rosenthal. The motto of the competition is: Togetherness. Firstly because togetherness in today’s fastpaced, digital world means overcoming distances and gathering together around one table to exchange ideas and thoughts. Secondly because – even for Philip Rosenthal – togetherness is a medium for bringing forth creative ideas. He once said: “I, personally, have not developed or come up with anything. I have simply found people and ensured that they work together.”