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1919

Walter Gropius (1883-1969) founded the State Bauhaus in Weimar as a place for experimenting with integrated designs, so creating the foundations of modern architecture and design.

In 1963, many years after the Bauhaus was closed, he received an enquiry from Philip Rosenthal, son of the company founder and visionary chairman of the board: the commission to build the new Rosenthal production site at Rothbühl for the world-famous porcelain manufacturer in Selb. Not only did this project turn into a revolutionary and modern industrial building reflecting Bauhaus and, with TAC, one of the most successful porcelain series in the world, but also a deep friendship between two humanists who have changed our way of thinking and acting.

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That co-operation with Walter Gropius is not only a milestone and a special treasure in the company’s history but also a significant part of Bavaria’s architecture and design history. Until this day, the Rosenthal porcelain factory at Rotbühl has been a sophisticated manufacturing site for Rosenthal porcelain in which craftsmanship, art and highly modern technology are united, following the Bauhaus ideas.

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This birthday must be celebrated!

Preferably with things inspired by Bauhaus that can be used and enjoyed well beyond the anniversary year – like a tea set! Rosenthal successfully searched its archive and found an original motif by Walter Gropius which the architect designed at the end of the 60s for the TAC tea set with his Boston office "The Architects Collaborative" – a true and beautiful discovery.

This design icon is now being launched as a limited edition with the stripes motif. The tea set, also designed by Gropius, with its distinctive geometric shapes, is made of porcelain that has been dyed black throughout, while the fine powder platinum lines create a charming contrast to the dark surface.

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The anniversary edition will be complemented with the »Stripes 2.0« motif, an abstract reference to the original:

The decor is reminiscent of the Rosenthal Rothbühl site’s colours inspired by Bauhaus, taking up its façade elements made of exposed concrete in some items. Happy birthday, Bauhaus!

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bauhaus gadgets

The TAC design classic and the decor variant Stripes 2.0 will be the focus of a diverse gift collection in the Bauhaus year. As in the Bauhaus ideas workshop itself, the collection includes a wide range of modern accessories that reflect the formal and decorative design of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius and appeal to fans and collectors alike.

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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.

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HOMAGE 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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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.

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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Rosenthal Porcelain Collections

Rosenthal has stood for innovation and design, quality, sophisticated craftsmanship and perfect porcelain for over 130 years. In cooperation with designers, artists and architects, such as Walter Gropius, Raymond Loewy, Patricia Urquiola or Christophe de la Fontaine unusual, timeless and modern collections of porcelain have been produced for households and gastronomy that express an individual and exclusive table culture. Glasses, sets of cutlery, pots, kitchen helpers, furniture and accessories complement the fascinating world of products in the Living and Gifts sectors. Our products are found at specialist retailers in Germany and in more than 105 countries throughout the world.

Discover our entire range of well-designed cups, glasses, plates and sets of cutlery to match every occasion at the Rosenthal online shop, too. From a glamorous wedding to a relaxing BBQ evening or a stylish Christmas present, our brands Rosenthal, Rosenthal meets Versace, Thomas, Hutschenreuther and Sambonet offer tasteful and trend-conscious products that suit your lifestyle.

Let our products inspire you to take joy in the process of giving presents to your loved ones and to make your own home more beautiful.

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