With the “VITRUV” service form, MEISSEN defines an entirely new class of design for the table: linear, clean-cut and purist. Since the manufactory’s founding, MEISSEN artists have frequently looked to architecture when creating their exceptional porcelain forms and decorations. “VITRUV” builds on this tradition, taking inspiration from one of the fundamental elements of architecture, favoured by the Ancient Roman architect from whom the collection inherits its name: the column. The new service form translates the essence of architecture into porcelain form, with refined details that exude sophistication and craftsmanship. The oval shapes of pieces like the jug, cup and sugar bowl contain a unique and 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.
The specially created “Graphic” relief pattern interprets the design vocabulary of the “VITRUV” form into 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 decorative motifs, the “Ming Dragon”, 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.
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. With the exception of pieces with the hand-painted “Ming Dragon” motif, all 24 service components are dishwasher-safe.
“With its clean design, modern graphic reliefs and reimagining of the “Ming Dragon” décor, VITRUV marries tradition and the highest craftsmanship with contemporary design.”
The Ming Dragon is painted par excellence by hand, requiring the ultimate attention to detail from the manufactory’s skilled artists. Reinterpreted in crisp black, the dragon is dynamically positioned on starter and dessert plates in detailed strokes. He lends an element of the sublime to the clear, linear forms, underscoring the timelessness of the design and even adding a traditionally more masculine touch to the sleek dinnerware designs.
“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.“
Katagami, the Japanese templates traditionally used for creating prints on kimono fabrics, provided the inspiration for the various “Graphic” relief patterns. 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.