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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.

one hundred.

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.

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!

Discover collection

Service Plate 33 cm TAC Gropius Stripes 2.0 Struktur
€ 49.50*
Plate 22 cm TAC Gropius Stripes 2.0
€ 20.50*
Tea Pot 3 TAC Gropius Stripes 2.0
€ 249.00*
Plate 28 cm glass TAC Gropius Stripes 2.0
€ 32.50*
Mug with handle TAC Gropius Stripes 2.0
€ 35.00*
Plate 19 cm TAC Gropius Stripes
€ 140.00*
Combi cup TAC Gropius Stripes 2.0
€ 32.00*
Plate 10 cm TAC Gropius Stripes 2.0 Struktur
€ 16.00*
Saucer 4 low TAC Gropius Stripes 2.0 matt
€ 16.50*

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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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

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.