Collect. Combine. Create
  • À table! In a French household, it’s these two words – translating literally as “to the table” – with which members of the family are beckoned to take their seats for dinner. Beyond the words themselves, of course, is a meaning much more profound than the physical piece of furniture: the table has, for as long as civilisation has eaten in groups and according to the notion of a meal, represented a sacred part of culture.

    In German there is a term “Tischkultur”, which would translate as something like “table culture” and quite unpretentiously refers to fine dining. Ever since Augustus the Strong’s taste-making introduction of porcelain to Europe, the finest examples of the ceramic material have offered a chance to bring the finest of fine dining to a table – whether the setting be royal, political or (more familiarly now) in one’s own home.

    As in fashion, trends have always washed over the humble (or perhaps not so humble) table with their reflection of the zeitgeist and collective tastes. In the 1600s – before MEISSEN – mixes of blue and white china graced tables, satisfying guests and hosts alike. With the invention of European porcelain and the soon-to-be iconic manufactory, MEISSEN was able to offer matching services, which before long established the newest vogue for the 1700s. In the 1730s, figurines were introduced to the table. These replaced sugar sculptures, which had until then always made an appearance during dessert courses – originally made popular in Italy during the 16th century. MEISSEN’s own would traditionally depict scenes of court life, for example hunting or the theatre.
“Newer patterns alongside reinterpreted elements of age-old, even iconic MEISESN décors are the perfect starting point for setting a dining table that is a reflection of your own style.”
  • Tableware trends of today have a somewhat freer sense of self than those of Baroque times. 21st century fine dining – especially at home – is about idiosyncratic expressions. Mixing is as important as matching, and the meaning of opulent is whatever extravagant display of personality one chooses. Cue “The MEISSEN Collage”: the brand-new collection and invitation to collect, combine and create. The various plate designs, which showcase newer patterns alongside reinterpreted elements of age-old, even iconic MEISSEN décors, are the perfect starting point for setting a dining table that is a reflection of your own style. All the while boasting the fine-quality craftsmanship and exquisite attention to detail the manufactory itself has always been known for.

    So how will you collect, combine and create? Which newer pieces will integrate themselves into existing collections? The collection is conceived as an open invitation to discover one’s own creativity: be it by combining the various designs of “THE MEISSEN COLLAGE” collection amongst themselves or with pieces from other collections, such as the Onion Pattern, Swan Service and Waves – “THE MEISSEN COLLAGE” is as individual and as personal as your own home. The collection breaks away from the classic tableware idea and, with its carefully curated “Table Fashion” concept, transforms collectors into designers. “THE MEISSEN COLLAGE” showcases singular expressive pieces that inspire and stoke an appetite for more.