Lyngby Porcelain was founded in 1936 in Lyngby, north of Copenhagen. Its factory closed in 1969 but the design lived on. It was eventually resurrected in 2012 and some of its classic vases, tableware and home furnishings are back in circulation.
One of the most iconic designs from the company is the Lyngby vase. The factory explains its history:
When it was originally designed the Lyngby vase was in stark contrast to the classical porcelain traditions. From the beginning of the 18xx’s and up until the 1920’s the traditions required lots of painting, ornaments, glazing technique and details – focusing more on the decoration of the porcelain rather than the porcelain shape it self. The Lyngby vase challenged this assumption – heavily influenced by the functional Bauhaus movement in Germany. The shape itself is enough. No extra ornaments or brushes needed.
When the Lyngby Vase was released in 1936 it had a very modern and unique aesthetic. The oblong, fluted shapes and elegant simplicity was something new. Too new for many, so it is also possible (if you’re extremely lucky) to find original Lyngby Vases with decorations of flowers and a wide range of glazing techniques. But the thought of simplicity, form and function slowly grew within Lyngby Porcelain, and the world in general, although it wasn’t until the 1950’s that it was more commonly accepted – and desired.
We’re running a few of their designs in this post, accompanied, where we’re able, with descriptions of the works.
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