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Porcelain pieces, furniture, architecture
– Philip Rosenthal‘s creative vision
extended way beyond the traditional
He transformed Rosenthal into a
„factory of living spaces“. His pioneering
idea still resonates today, and is now
being translated into a contemporary
What seems almost run-of-the-mill to us today was an extremely bold move back in the early 1970s. However, the expansion of the porcelain collection into the home living sector was a logical outcome of a holistic design concept that, for Philip Rosenthal, also included architecture and furniture. The furniture pieces were manufactured in a factory in Espelkamp in North Rhine-Westphalia under the “Rosenthal Furnishing” label. Designers like Günter Ferdinand Ris, Burkhard Vogtherr and Vico Magistretti created striking pieces including the spherical Sunball chair, the Hombre living and designer furniture range and the Pan chair. Hombre is a perfect illustration of how product design, furniture design and art all merge together in Rosenthal pieces. The living and designer furniture range became a medium for free artistic design, which saw the sculptors Henry Moore and Eduardo Paolozzi create limited-edition table tops made of porcelain. The individual creations broke the traditional design concept wide open, yet always remained functional. Rosenthal had already brokered attempts to expand into the home living sector shortly after the Second World War. Back then, Wilhelm Wagenfeld had designed for Rosenthal a bowl crafted from porcelain and a matching lampshade.
The Mellow table is fragile yet robust,
featuring a rounded, solid wood
table top and slightly flared legs made
from brass or chrome. The table top
is available in oiled oak or walnut wood.
The cool lounge chair, which Angelo Mangiarotti designed in the 1970s as part of a seating collection, is now being re-leased to mark the 100th birthday of Philip Rosenthal. The limited-edition piece is available in Cognac Brown, Grey and Blue. At the time of its conception, the chair was made for a limited time only and in a very limited number of units.
Philip Rosenthal once referred to his company as a “factory of living spaces” when describing the transformation of his father’s porcelain factory into a manufacturer of ceramics, glassware, cutlery and furniture. Alongside designs by Ris, Vogtherr and Magistretti, Rosenthal also released the high-gloss, black painted dining table collection Four Seasons featuring a design by Bjørn Wiinblad. Not to mention the understated seating collection Légère by Angelo Mangiarotti and Chiara Pampo made from leather, teak and rosewood. The lounge chair from this collection is the piece that links to the present as Rosenthal has retrieved original drawings and plans from the archives and is re-releasing the inspired piece, which is being produced by an Austrian furniture manufacturer, to mark the 100th birthday of Philip Rosenthal – in collaboration with the Fondazione Angelo Mangiarotti.