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2019 sees the arrival of the manufactory’s newest service form. And an opportunity to bring a more minimalist kind of MEISSEN to the dining table. “VITRUV” showcases a new kind of Meissen Porcelain, with an architectural essence translated into discreetly luxurious dinnerware – with elegant mix-and-match opportunities, as well as a handful of sleek staples. In short “VITRUV” brings together Meissen’s iconic sense of modern opulence, with an understated allure that promises timelessly chic table settings.
The specially created “Graphic” relief pattern interprets the design vocabulary of the “VITRUV” form in a number of variations. With an effect similar to reflecting prisms, the reliefs lend the porcelain a schematic structure and an evocative feel. Meanwhile, one of the manufactory’s most beloved motifs, the “Ming Dragon” from 1910, is reinterpreted in crisp black on select components of the service. Dynamically positioned on starter and dessert plates in detailed, hand-painted strokes, the dragon décor lends an element of the sublime to the clear, linear form, underscoring the timelessness of the design. The oval shapes of pieces like the jug, cup, and sugar bowl contain another distinctive feature: a hand-applied foot, topped with a finely milled groove, lend these pieces an element of weightlessness, a completely new aesthetic in the manufactory's repertoire. As the VITRUV service was created with modularity in mind, the purist design lends itself to a wide range of combination possibilities. Pieces with the “Graphic” relief pattern, available in white glaze or in partial bisque, can be paired with one another or complemented with the “Ming Dragon”-decorated pieces, depending on the setting or occasion. And here comes the best practical part: with the exception of pieces with “Ming Dragon” painting, all 24 service components are dishwasher-safe.
“From the “Graphic” reliefs in shimmering white glaze or partial bisque to the “Ming Dragon” décor, “VITRUV” offers a wealth of possibilities for the table.”
The inspiration for the eponymous graphic variants of the “VITRUV” collection comes from ancient “Katagami” – Japanese templates traditionally used for creating prints on kimono fabrics. These templates, precisely cut from handmade Japanese paper, are the source of an extraordinary wealth of motifs, from flora and fauna to abstract, geometric forms. With “Graphic”, the artists of the MEISSEN atelier have drawn from this traditional ornamentation and adapted it for the medium of porcelain, making it part of their own tradition of innovative surface designs. In combination with the designs’ featuring of the iconic “Ming Dragon”, the service boasts a subtle flair and reference to the Far East. Something which has served as inspiration for the oldest European porcelain manufactory since its beginnings.