What they all have in common
is the connection of Thuringian Porcelain tradition with the claims of a modern lifestyle. The history of the brand begins in 1830 as a foundation of some porcelain painters in Thuringa. At the middle of the 19th century in Thuringia there was already a wide sphere for chinaware: in the periods of bloom there were in the different dukedoms in Thuringia more than 400 porcelain factories together. Of course this porcelain had to be decorated and this was made also in the small thuringinan town. Around the turn of the century the manufacture established then his own factory for white porcelain to produce not only the decoration, but independently also the porcelain forms.
The company became a porcelain
manufacture which defines itself as a well-ground crafts enterprise.
Certainly you have had already in your hands once a piece of Reichenbach without having recognised that this is produced in this small factory in Thuringia. The company produced in his past till this day also products which are marketed under other brands name. This enables to the company to use the modern production line and to develop the production engineering and the know-how on and on. By the relatively late foundation of the porcelain manufacture we find with Reichenbach mainly forms of the prevailing taste of the 20th century. Started with neobaroque forms - which at times very successfully were exported - as well as forms of the New Objectivity and from porcelain of the seventies years.
Only after the turn of the millennium
the manufacture and his designers have succeeded in letting arise absolutely new product lines with the existing fund of the forms and the technical skill of his employees: as the most prominent example of this cooperation the far-reaching series Colour originated in 2006 with Gerd Sommerlade: a mixture of the forms of the Biedermeier period, the Neue Sachlichkeit, the forties years and Mid-Century has tied together by Gerd Sommerlade with the generous application of colour and wide golden edge. The careful choice of the forms and colours make this coloured mixture a harmonious ensemble. An arrangement which can adapt itself with his noble charisma even completely to the today's life style. And the combinations are as varied as the needs. A dramatic Burgundy red might be combined with a whole-golden cup, tender lilac or violet tones with springlike green or yellow: the scene can completely adapt itself to the respective occasion.
The Italian designer Paola Navone
has chosen quite an other beginning. On the far developed form baroque which was typically for the Thuringian porcelain factories last century, she has sketched several decors which dismantles this play by the middle-class forms. The most incredible example of this work is the series New Baroque in silver Shiny or Light Blue. For both designs the moulds of the form baroque were pushed off so far that with the ready piece the attempts of the mould are still to be seen. And enough: Paola Navone has resolved to let glaze the parts only a half - as a balance for this raw treatment she gave to the model Silver Shiny a luxuriant layer of platinum on the glaze.
The result is a tableware and coffee crockery with which partially of the unglazed shards is to be seen, on the other side, however, again the noblest brilliant platinum shines. Paola Navone has designed on this form even more decors which generously pass about the fragmentation of the form.
Quite a special masterstroke
is the design Taste which was also made according to her draughts. Also here she plays by the forms of the baroque. However, here these seem almost like a caricature: the plates seem almost two-dimensional, the edges strongly low-cut like a scissors cut and from the side seen the plate flags stand off in the right corner as if they had been drawn by a Cartoonist. This model is probably best known from the series Paola Navone desinged for this brand.
But specially just for the culinary art
and catering the absolutely new designs of Metz and Kindler and BlohnGumm are interesting. The designs completely are like a stage for the culinary art. Like several designs for which the brand like to catch up the advice of star-decorated cooks.
Reichenbach porcelain has a thrilling programme, while new and above all unusual one is to be discovered over and over again.
Reichenbach looks back at
a tradition as a Porcelain manufacture in which the painting on porcelain is in the foreground.
Already founded in 1830 as a decoration workshop followed later by the construction of own porcelain manufacture.
Till today the arts and crafts sets tone in Reichenbach.
Colourful decorations and valuable
precious metal plating made the good reputation over the frontiers in the past.
Today the Thuringian manufacture
has succeeded in introducing the competence of the traditional brand in the today's life style.
Designers like, among the rest, Paola Navone, Gerd Sommerlade and Metz und Kindler could be won, to connect the tradition with modern claims to quite incredible, fresh and self confident design.