A companion for a lifetime: Dinner plate from Hering Berlin

It is and remains, very classy, one of the big dreams of almost every young woman, almost on a par with the wedding dress: the first own big dining set with an endless row of perfectly matched dinner plates. After all, it is not by accident that plates, trays, serving bowls, and terrines are at the top of the list of the most popular wedding gifts. Such pieces can be used by couples, but also by hospitable singles, throughout their lives and often decorate the festively laid tables of children and grandchildren. For this very reason, the highest quality, finest porcelain and timelessness are of immense importance with such a "life service". The fact that these characteristics do not always have to go hand in hand with a very traditional appearance is manifested in the modern Hering Berlin porcelain production factory, which is aimed at all design lovers.

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Dinner plates designed by Stefanie Hering - plain or opulently decorated

Dinner plates based on designs by designer and master ceramist Stefanie Hering span a wide stylistic spectrum from simple white to opulent decor. All of them are based on the stylistic elements of modern design, yet they are also rooted in the traditions of pure handicraft of the large porcelain factories that were established in the 18th century.

 

Eating habits in the Middle Ages: From bread "plates" to pewter dishes

At that time, the eating habits were already largely in line with the dining rituals as we know them today; at that time, however, the way in which every guest sat down at a place with cutlery uncovered and plates provided was still relatively new. In the Middle Ages, there were not even dinner plates in the modern sense: In front of each guest, there was a board with a piece of bread on which meat or fish was laid. To make serving easier, wooden or pewter plates were placed between the guests, on which food could be placed.

 

Ceramic dinner plate: a heritage of the Moors

Ceramic plates did not reach Europe, especially Spain and Mallorca, until the Islamic expansion in the 13th century. This Spanish-Moorish "majolica" became popular in Italy during the Renaissance - the ceramics, which were made there after the model of the "majolica", were called "faience" after Faenza, their place of origin. From then on, dinner plates were an integral part of every meal and also served as a means of representation for large invitations. The discovery of porcelain production based on the Chinese model at the beginning of the 18th century finally paved the way for the food plates we are accustomed to today.

Place plates and dinner plates: A little bigger today

Traditionally, a dinner plate has a diameter of 23 to 25 centimetres, an "American" dinner plate 26 centimetres and a place plate - an invention from the hotel industry that first made its way to the private dining table in the 1980s - 28 centimetres. Such a place setting is complemented by a bread plate with a classic diameter of 16 centimetres, taken from England. In the last twenty or thirty years, the standard has shifted, mainly due to the influence of gourmet cuisine. Now larger plates are generally preferred. A fact that is taken into account above all by Hering Berlin's hand-made manufactory dinner plates: Stefanie Hering's dinner plate measures 29 centimetres, the large dinner plate, which can also be used as a place plate, 32 centimetres and the cake and bread plate 18 centimetres.

 

Contemporary tendencies – where tradition meets modernity

However, this is not the only aspect where Stefanie Hering picks up on trends in modern porcelain design, develops surprisingly new approaches and yet combines them with the traditional manufacture of porcelain. Her approach to décors has also been highly innovative, both for the dinner plates and for the other elements of a dining set, and she has already received numerous international design awards - including the highest distinction in her country of origin, the "Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany".

White dinner plates from Hering Berlin: Simple accessories with subtle decors

Despite their innovative and simple design, some of their collections are committed to the classic principle of "uniform" service. The dinner plates of the pure white "Velvet" dining set, for example, all captivate with the subtle contrast between the hand-ground, delicately rough biscuit porcelain of the rim and the melting smooth mirror of the glazed sideboard. “Pulse" also focuses on a uniform, white decor - here, in addition to the glazed sideboards of the dinner plates, a slightly haptic ring pattern is created by covering individual parts of the porcelain with a shellac layer and then washing out the remaining zones by hand.

Dinner plate from the "Soda" Collection: Ring game in blue

The decor of the "Soda" collection with fine cobalt lines running around the edge of the plates also adheres to a consistent design principle, but varies according to the type of plate: in the case of the dinner plate, the main accent lies on a double line in the outer third of the edge of the plate. The dinner plate bundles the lines closer to the sideboard. The accent on the cake and bread plate is also more in the inner area of the edge of the plate, but the arrangement is deliberately rhythmic so that the lines seem to move.

 

When dinner plate and place plate complement each other optically

With "Granat", another cobalt decor from Hering Berlin, the dinner plate and place plate subtly complement each other to form a hazy pomegranate. The Arabic-inspired "Alif" collection uses the same pattern twice – once for the dinner plate and again for the place plate. However, the motifs are placed next to each other on the edge of the dinner plate, while condensed and superimposed on the dinner plate. Finally, the "Piqueur" hunting collection, created in collaboration with gourmet chef Harald Rüssel, features no less than three different animal motifs for the dinner plates and four motifs for the dinner plates so everyone can put together their favourite motif combinations for dinner plates and place plates individually.

 

Mix & Match: dinner plates and place plates are always a new combination

Hering Berlin is the only manufacturer of high-quality manufactured porcelain to offer this "Mix & Match" system which shapes the entire spectrum, especially in the area of dinner plates and place plates: collections such as "Silent Brass", "Blue Silent", "Silent Iron", but also "Illusion" as well as "Polite Gold" and "Polite Platinum" were not so much conceived by designer and master ceramist Stefanie Hering as a stand-alone set than to create possible combinations. Dinner plates from "Illusion" - dinner dividers from "Silent Brass"; dinner plates from "Blue Silent" - dinner plates from "Alif", "Soda" or "Granat"; dinner plates from "Silent Iron" - dinner plates from "Ocean": Stefanie Hering sets no limits to the imagination, her own taste, and the desire to try out new things with her wide selection of handcrafted and hand decorated dinner plates. Try it out!