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Rosenthal Studio-Linie 50 Year Retrospective

Rosenthal is now celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary of it’s Studio Line collection.

I used to work for gift and tabletop stores in my youth, most notably Brielle Galleries in NJ. It was owned by Ira Jacobsen who used to teach me about design and beautiful things. It’s no wonder he would author a book entitled, A Quest for Excellence, The Incredible Story of the Most Beautiful Store in the World. One of the standout features of Brielle were the galleries featuring the art and craft from all over the Globe. Lalique from France, Herend from Hungary, Waterford from England and Ah, my true love Rosenthal from Germany. Oh, how I loved looking at all the new Rosenthal designs and even the packaging and signage. It was all a special surprise, so well thought out with every detail. It was during this time that the germ was planted for my love of Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus.
One of the unique qualities of Rosenthal was that the Studio-Linie(as it was called then) was a collection that was determined by a panel of world famous and influencial designers. The collections and dinnerware redined shape & form and then they collobrated to decorate the pieces with an equal critical eye for design. Last night, I had the pleasure to attend the 50 year Retrospective of the Studio- Line which has stood the test of time. They showed the brilliance of each innovative form on white, undecorated vases with design icons like Otmar Alt & Tapio Wiirkala. I was reminded of the original Studio Linie slogan…”Originals of our time”…which still holds. Happy 50th Studio-Linie!

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