This week has been excitedly marked in my diary for months as it sees the launch of a very special new dinnerware collection, HAV by Royal Copenhagen.
A decade in the making, HAV, the Danish word for ‘ocean’, brings together the distinguished porcelain manufacturer, superstar architect Bjarke Ingels, leading industrial designer Lars Holme Larsen, and renowned design philosopher Jens Martin Skibsted.
First shown to the public at this year’s Milan Design Week back in April, HAV is deeply rooted in the Royal Copenhagen tradition but at the same time challenges us to rethink what modern dinnerware is supposed to be.
A dinnerware collection for now
When in Copenhagen this June I went to see the BIG retrospective at the Dansk Arkitektur Center. As part of his welcome to visitors Bjarke Ingels encourages us to not just curate our future, but design it, and this is certainly the case here.
Consisting of nine simple and modern objects, the HAV collection includes a teapot, with an elegant bronze handle, a uniquely shaped hybrid bowl and carafe, a thermal mug, plates of two different sizes, and three different sizes of bowls.
HAV truly is a dinnerware collection for now, perfectly reflecting how today’s luxury is defined by quality, connectedness, responsible consumption, and tastefulness in all aspects of life.
Testament to the legacy
Founded in 1775, Royal Copenhagen is one of the world’s oldest companies. For 245 years, this timeless and faultlessly hand painted porcelain, has been found in virtually every Danish home.
As a Royal Copenhagen devotee, this design couldn’t be any different to last year’s Blomst launch, but I personally love how it still references the distinctive Nordic blue colour, reinterprets the traditional scaled patterns and honours the iconic three blue waves signature.
It is also a true testament to the legacy of this brand that the HAV collection came about. Working together as a collaborative group, formerly known as KiBiSi, Lars Holme Larsen, Bjarke Ingels and Jens Martin Skibsted brought together cutting-edge knowledge in architecture, design, transportation, and electronics. Though the three partners parted ways two years ago they continued to work together on HAV until it was completed.
All items will be available in-store and online from 15th August 2019, to find out more, visit the HAV Royal Copenhagen website.
All images courtesy of Royal Copenhagen.