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Between tradition and modernity: the Rosenthal Heritage Collection

Past and present linked in style: With the "Midas" décor designer Gianni Cinti reinterprets the classic Rosenthal shape Sanssouci. Share

Italian designer Gianni Cinti translates the history and traditions of Rosenthal into the here and now. The Rosenthal Heritage collection is an eclectic interplay of shapes, colours and patterns from different eras and cultures, interwoven with personal memories.

“In the 140-year history of Rosenthal, various forms of visual expression overlap,” says Gianni Cinti, who was surprised by the treasures he discovered in the Rosenthal Archive in Selb. The designer worked with porcelain for the first time and is fascinated by the material. Because it is modern, versatile and one of the oldest materials of all. While the décors Midas, Turandot and Dynasty differ strikingly from each other, a visual bracket made of gold tones holds the collection together. All three designs include Cinti’s extremely imaginative handwriting and the abstracted borrowings from Rosenthal’s history. He sees the decors as “new classics” passed down from generation to generation.

Each of the three décor themes is understood as a holistic concept and complemented by matching drinking glass series and linen napkins from Rosenthal as well as accessories from Sambonet.

All gold that shines: Midas

For his collection “Midas” the Italian designer took reference from the Greek mythology of King Midas, who was given by Dionysos the power to turn everything he touched into gold. A very contemporary story that can be seen as an analogy to today’s materialistic world. On the classic baroque shape of Sanssouci, Gianni Cinti created a pattern that plays with different gradients of gold: just traces of gold, hint or full golden – like fingertips – on the plates and cups.

The pattern has a handcrafted character that is explicitly imperfect in its perfection of handpainted golden lines at the handles of the sugar bowl or the coffee- and teapot. Each item is individually decorated repeating the motif of the golden leaves and branches. Gianni Cinti used the so-called “Camouflage” effect by using a tone-on-tone pattern with mat white leaves underlying the golden ones. In this way, the décor “Midas” appears to be three-dimensional – an effect that can be discovered by looking at the object from different angles.

Rosenthal may have one of the longest traditions of Germany‘s companies, but is also one of the most modern. Just as we did when we were originally founded 140 years ago, Rosenthal develops products equally for discerning end customers and for exacting professional clients from the restaurant and hotel trade. Our products stand out with exceptional form, function, quality and craftsmanship and represent a cultural asset “made in Germany”, never ceasing to combine innovation and creativity.

With its award-winning porcelain design, trendy lifestyle collections and modern, elegant classics, the Rosenthal brand raises the bar time and again for aesthetics and individuality.