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Spring on the table: Joyful easter with porcelain from Hering Berlin
Whether at an Easter brunch in the garden or in the festively designed apartment: the time of year when nature fully awakens and spring unfolds its full splendour is a period of enjoyment in the entire northern hemisphere. At the focal point of all these occasions is a particularly beautiful porcelain piece that brings the joyful mood of awakening nature to your terrace, dining table, or sunlit living room. The handmade tableware collections, glasses, and vases from the Hering Berlin manufactory are wonderful accompaniments throughout this season that uplifts the senses.
Sumptuous blossoms captured on bisque porcelain
No service brings the mood of spring to a laid table better than the Palmhouse X Collection; launched just a few months ago, it has already received two prestigious international design awards. For this collection, designer Stefanie Hering broke away from her usual colour palette of white, grey, and subdued nude and blue shades for the first time: the sophisticated plates of dazzling white bisque porcelain are enlivened with a floral decoration inspired by tropical flowers in delicate green-grey, cheerful yellow, and vibrant coral red.
The elements include coffee and tea cups, a teapot, and cake and bread plates, as well as large coupe, dining, and soup plates: everything you need to lay out a stunning Easter breakfast or spring lunch or dinner. For those who prefer more minimalistic decorations, a wide selection of plates, bowls, serving dishes, and plateaus for a wide variety of dining options are available with the delicate gold and nude decorations from Silent Brass and Illusion, in addition to the pure white Velvet, Pulse, and Cielo collections.
Gifts that will last beyond Easter: objects from the Cielo collection
The various objects from Stefanie Hering's probably most artful collection, Cielo, are perfect for presenting small gifts or the obligatory Easter eggs, as well as for serving festive cakes or cheese or salmon boards. The trained master ceramicist pushed the robustness limits of the porcelain mix especially developed for this purpose to the limits of the feasible: the wide plate rims are honeycombed with a perforated pattern punched in by hand, while the bowls and bread baskets feature hand-cut holes that offer enticing glimpses of their contents.
Small plates for chocolate bunnies and delicacies
Chocolate Easter eggs look particularly pretty on the small spinner plates available in the Blue Silent, Ocean, Alif, and Obsidian collections, among others. You can even have a bunny hopping over your Easter table in the form of a porcelain decoration on the cake and bread plate from the "Piqueur" collection, with its forest and fauna motifs, developed by designer Stefanie Hering in collaboration with top chef Harald Rüssel.
Make space for spring: with the variety of vases from Hering Berlin
In addition to flowers captured on porcelain, the Hering Berlin collections also offer a myriad of possibilities for bringing the real splendour of spring into your home, in the form of handmade vases with refined shapes and subtle decorations that provide an impressive setting for lush bouquets or delicate individual flowers. Designer Stefanie Hering developed a particularly large number of different vase shapes for the Pulse collection, which seems to bring the velvety-white surface of the bisque porcelain to life with a rib pattern created by hand using a special wash-out technique.
Discovering the vases and porcelain tableware from Hering Berlin and combining them for the various upcoming occasions according to the mix & match principle is an inspiring pleasure for all the senses. But not only that: it is also the best way you can imagine to prepare for spring.
World premiere: PalmHouse X | Trunk show
This selection of Stefanie Hering’s new porcelain objects for her award-winning PalmHouse X collection will be launched exclusively online as an international premiere
– and offered at a special price for connoisseurs for a limited time from 31th March to 6th April.
Berlin | March 2020. Your own home is becoming the centre of your life these days more than ever. People are giving more consideration than usual to what changes or improvements need to be made to this place of retreat and refuge. As a place of experience for the senses, the dining table is particularly important for single people as well as for couples or families. So it is a welcome boon for design lovers that porcelain designer Stefanie Hering is now presenting new additions to her handmade “PalmHouse X” collection. It lets you bring the riot of spring colours, which otherwise we can often only experience through the window at the moment, indoors.
The series with floral decorations, which was launched in autumn 2019, has now been expanded to include 17 new elements, from multi-purpose bowls to cups and jugs to plateau plates for fruit, cheese, or baked goods. So “PalmHouse X” can transform all meals of the day into a feel-good feast.
The expanded collection will be presented as a digital “Trunk Show” on the website of Stefanie Hering’s Hering Berlin manufactory, www.heringberlin.com. From 31th March to 6th April, all of these porcelain objects will be available at preferential prices; from 7th April, they will be available at regular prices in the Hering Berlin online shop.
This rapid expansion of this collection, which is particularly important to porcelain designer Stefanie Hering, was triggered on the one hand by the extremely positive response from customers, design enthusiasts, and top chefs to the initial “PalmHouse X” elements, and on the other hand by the collection receiving two prestigious international awards for tableware: the “Dineus 2020” and the “Tableware International Award of Excellence” in the “Fine Dinnerware” category.
Stefanie Hering, herself a trained master ceramicist known for her time-consuming experimentation with materials and glazes, is actually beginning a completely new chapter in floral porcelain decorations with “PalmHouse X”:
Inspired by the cyanotypes of the botanist and photography pioneer Anna Atkins (1799 – 1871), Hering spent years studying X-rays of orchids and other exotic plants, trying out which flowers can be X-rayed and which plant structures are revealed in the X-ray images. Based on the results of this experimental process, she developed a decoration that was as spectacular as it was colourful compared to her usual palette of earth tones and shades of blue: on the slightly rough, unglazed surface of the bisque porcelain handcrafted in her Hering Berlin manufactory, the flowers and plant structures are resplendent in the orange-red “Coral” and the green-grey “Sage” shades.
The colours, also the result of lengthy experiments, look like water colours and vary in intensity from bold to soft. The individual hues were selected not only for their individual colour effects, but above all for their harmonious interplay with the appearance of dishes, from lobster to strawberries, from salad to steak, from berry muesli to pasta with herbs or asparagus.
This unique design has now been further developed for the newly designed “PalmHouse X” objects: while the plates launched last autumn often feature bands of blossoms running right across the surface, the new elements, especially objects that are more complex in shape, such as cups, milk jugs, teapots or tea caddies, feature flowers and plant details is precise positions chosen especially for each piece.
Finely faceted water glasses from the Hering Berlin series “Domain” have also been added as a perfect complement to the collection, likewise as part of the “Trunk show”. The interplay of the subtle ribbing in the glass beautifully complements the positive, lively atmosphere that “PalmHouse X” creates.
The glasses and porcelain objects are all are made exclusively by hand at Hering Berlin: the glass collections in the renowned Glashütte Theresienthal glassworks, the porcelain by master craftspeople in Thuringia. Artist and designer Stefanie Hering’s unwavering striving for quality ensures the objects have the utmost lasting value over generations, while also linking global and regional thinking, which is ever more important in times like these.
Prestigious Award:Stefanie Hering wins two major design awards for her PalmHouse X collection
Good news from Frankfurt and London: designer and Hering Berlin founder Stefanie Hering has just received two major design awards for her PalmHouse X collection. PalmHouse X was awarded the Dineus 2020 and also won the Tableware International Award of Excellence in the "Fine Dinnerware" category last weekend!
PalmHouse X by Stefanie Hering is a striking re-interpretation of a classic design in porcelain culture. Floral motifs are translated into a decoration that is both abstract and sensual using X-rays. "Flowers or petals are often used only for table decorations," says the designer. "I wanted to take this even further, with a decoration that makes it seem like you are eating directly off flowers."
The panel of judges from London described it as a "completely new, innovative interpretation of the wide range of traditional floral decorations. Great mix of luminosity and transparency of watercolours decorating unglazed bisque porcelain. The collection is really elegant and speaks of English eccentricity."
For Stefanie Hering, who had already received the design award of the Federal Republic of Germany, among others, for her work in previous years, these two awards are both an acknowledgment and an incentive to "continuously expand the limits of what is possible with porcelain as a material through experiments and new developments."
Stefanie Hering’s new collection in rich, earthy black
Obsidian is a natural work of art, volcano-forged glass that shimmers in various shades of black, which only occurs when lava cools down extremely quickly, almost suddenly. Obsidian is also the name of Stefanie Hering’s new collection, in which the porcelain designer pursues unusual, but thus all the more fascinating, paths.
Instead of white-on-white decorations or a reserved colour palette with cobalt blue as the only strong colour, Hering’s eponymous porcelain manufactory has created a surprising novelty with its new Obsidian collection featuring service elements with large areas in earthy, richly nuanced black, framed by dazzling white, and velvety rough edges and walls in hand-polished bisque porcelain.
For Stefanie Hering, the process of developing the intensely coloured glaze, which emulates the deep, vibrant look of obsidian, was no less complex than the natural conditions in which obsidian forms. The multiple award-winning designer has been working with special mineral glazes for a long time; these are poured by hand onto the pieces of porcelain, resulting in uneven application to the porcelain surfaces. This creates a colour effect that always looks new and different. Every single one of these plates, every bowl, is absolutely unique; there are no two pieces with exactly the same pattern.
In the first stage, Hering developed a blue glaze three years ago that could be fired at high temperatures due to the cobalt content; this is important to make the glaze resistant to abrasion, chemicals, and hot water in the dishwasher. Next came the iridescent nude shade of “Silent Brass” in early 2019. Just recently, top names in international gastronomy have also started paying attention; Wolfgang Puck, an Austrian culinary genius who runs top restaurants all over the USA, even called it a “champagne glaze” because of its delicate golden colour and vibrant character..
But until now, anyone who wanted to design porcelain in deep black had to accept that the decoration would be very sensitive, retaining its colour intensity only if it was fired at low temperatures. After months of testing, Stefanie Hering and her team have now succeeded in developing a glaze that is highly resistant thanks to the high firing temperatures and yet shines in an unfathomably rich, earthy black shade.
Culinary stars like the creative chef Roberto Cortez are among those delighted by the magical effect of the Obsidian decoration. For his art dinner at the Eat Berlin Festival in February 2020, Stefanie Hering designed a small series of unique pieces, in which not only the serving surfaces, but also the edges of the plates and bowls are in black.
The producers of Apple TV International’s renowned science channels have also recognised how futuristic the “Obsidian” decoration is. They came across the first samples of the Obsidian Collection in Stefanie Hering’s Berlin showroom P98 and immediately ordered five objects for their next show. The topic: what dining will be like in 10,000 years.
Just recently in December 2019, ambitious amateur chefs were able to see for themselves that it is not only a perfectly equipped kitchen, but also hand-picked porcelain that plays a key role in making a meal a success: in the Munich showroom of the premium appliance manufacturer Gaggenau, Michelin-starred chef Bobby Bräuer led a pre-Christmas gourmet cooking class. The delicacies prepared in the class – Bresse quail, Périgord truffle, and wild rabbit – were served on hand-made plates and dishes from Hering Berlin, which left just as much of a lasting impression on participants as getting to use the sophisticated ovens, steam cookers, and hobs.
Hering Berlin’s presence in the Gaggenau show kitchen is just the latest tangible example of the fruitful, years-long collaboration between the luxury kitchen specialist and Hering Berlin’s chief designer Stefanie Hering. In September 2019, her manufactory put on a joint demonstration with Gaggenau at the Salone Nautico, the largest trade fair for luxury yachts in the Mediterranean. The modern, handcrafted porcelain collections formed the backdrop for the culinary creations served at show cooking sessions and a dinner by Michelin-starred chef Luigi Taglienti.
The new Gaggenau cookbook published by the renowned Tre Torri cookbook publisher at the beginning of October 2019 also impressively documents the synergy in this collaboration: both brands stand for meticulous production processes, internationally celebrated design, and a highly sophisticated combination of expertise and enjoyment.
The two brands have a lot in common: not only do they both enjoy an international reputation, they are also appreciated by culinary connoisseurs and design aficionados alike. That’s why the collaboration will be expanded in 2020: an event during the Salone del Mobile in Milan is in the pipeline, among other things. The plan is to make the shared core themes – the manufactory concept and authentic, handcrafted luxury – tangible for visitors at the on-site Gaggenau showroom. This guest performance in Milan will culminate in an art dinner for guests from the world of art and design.
If you don’t have the time to travel to the furniture fair, there are two more dates to look forward to in the Gaggenau showroom: on 29 March and 29 June, Bobby Bräuer will be revealing a few more secrets of his sensual cuisine – and Hering Berlin porcelain will be an indispensable part of it.