Lines to perfection
Porcelain factory Denmark – Lyngby Porcelæn
The porcelain factory in Denmark, Lyngby Porcelæn, was founded in 1936. The company was founded by the entrepreneurial wholesaler Holst & Knudsen, who first acquired Kjøbenhavn’s Porcellains Maleri in 1924 and then founded the factory to produce porcelain tableware, vases and other decorative art of high-quality craftsmanship. The factory closed in 1969, but managed to make a big impact on Danish design history.
Lyngby Porcelæn has always made a strong mark on the history of Danish porcelain, and always with an eye on current trends. For example, it used to be common for people to have two sets of tableware: one for everyday use and one for entertaining. Over time, however, this has changed with more and more people starting to use their smart, decorative tableware day to day. At Lyngby Porcelæn, this is reflected in a perfectionist approach to the minimalist style that fits in with today’s modern design.
In 2012, the Lyngby Porcelæn brand resumed, and in 2016 the brand was acquired by Rosendahl Design Group. We are now relaunching these iconic designs, recreating them with the greatest care and respect for Lyngby's design legacy. We have combined classic craftsmanship with advanced production techniques to embrace a DNA and a design language that is unique but still fits into most homes.
Lyngby Porcelæn– handmade design since 1936
Until the 1920s, ornamentation and decoration dominated designs. The focus was more on the decoration of the porcelain rather than the shape itself. But this changed over time, strongly influenced by the functionalist Bauhaus movement in Germany, and soon form and functionality became more important than the decoration itself.
Lyngby Porcelænsfabrik was furnished with the latest technology, which laid the foundation for the design legacy that Lyngby Porcelæn is known for today. With the factory, Lyngby Porcelæn was able to challenge the functionalist traditions - as seen with the Lyngby vase. Perhaps this is why the Lyngby vase became one of the most popular designs of the 1930s.
In the beginning, Lyngby Porcelæn was part of a time when people typically had both an everyday dinner service and a finer dinner service for entertaining guests. But as more and more people began to use the finer, decorative frames in their everyday lives, consumption changed, and the minimalist style now became a greater part of contemporary design.
A solid footprint on Danish design history
Lyngby Porcelæn’s factory existed from 1936 until 1969, making everything from dinnerware to vases and handicrafts. The factory closed in 1969 and the brand was at a standstill until 2012, when the Lyngby Porcelæn brand was resumed. The Lyngby vase was out of production from 1969 until 2012, but there was an ever-increasing interest in it. In 2012, production of the vase resumed, making it more accessible and able to reach more homes.
Ever since its foundation, Lyngby Porcelæn has challenged and kept up with the times, leaving its solid mark on Danish design history with its distinctive relief. A design that still stands out today. Today, Lyngby Porcelæn is behind the relaunch of iconic designs, which have been recreated with the greatest care and respect for the design legacy and in continuation of the Danish traditions from the porcelain factory.
A classic in Danish design history
With minimalist perfectionism, classic elegance and clean lines, Lyngby Porcelæn has always made a big impression in Danish design and porcelain crafts. And that’s also what makes Lyngby Porcelæn is still synonymous with modern and forward-looking craftsmanship at its finest.
Lyngby Porcelæn is the brand behind the development and reinterpretation of iconic designs, created with a fine sense of detail and great respect for the history that connects classic craftsmanship and modern advanced production techniques. All this is reflected in Lyngby Porcelæn’s DNA – a DNA that ensures our unique designs.
The Lyngby Porcelæn story – Danish design since 1936
The same year, Porcelain Factory Denmark Lyngby Porcelæn also closed, and all rights were left to the family.
Lyngby Porcelæn is classic Danish design
Ever since its foundation in 1936, the Porcelain Factory Denmark – Lyngby Porcelæn has made its unequivocal mark on the history of Danish porcelain.
With its iconic green monogram at the bottom of the products, Lyngby Porcelæn remains a classic and timeless producer of Danish design.
Lyngby Porcelæn has strong historical roots and has been known for more than 80 years for its elegant and forward-looking Danish design and simple, stylish decorative handiccrafts. Driven by a passion for new ideas that can develop and improve everyday life, Lyngby Porcelæn is motivated by tradition and innovation.
We created the world’s first thermal cup in porcelain – and we were also the first to introduce tableware that could be taken straight from the oven and placed on the dining table. We create thoughtful, elegant designs for modern living. Each product has a simple, beautiful, timeless design.
Based on these traditions, Lyngby Porcelæn still represents refined Danish design – simple, stylish, sculptural. It’s about recognising a legacy – while setting the stage for the next stories to be told.
Next steps on the journey
Since then, we have launched a wide range of new products, including Rhombe tableware, which is designed with inspiration from an old service from the archives at Porcelænsfabrikken Danmark – Lyngby Porcelæn. We thus look back at history and traditions and reinterpret and renew old classics to fit into the present. This is something we will continue to do.
For everyday table settings and special occasions
Whether you’re throwing a party or gathering the family for dinner, with beautiful tableware your table can be classic and modern at the same time. But if you want to make the style more personal, why not add a splash of colour, which you can find in the Rhombe Color series? Colours allow you to mix and match and create a personal look. The Rhombe Color series offers a palette of dynamic and calm colours that are beautifully coordinated – this is how we guarantee that you always have a service that suits you, whether it's for everyday use or a special occasions.
Lyngby Porcelæn - lines to perfection
With its unique expression and its own classic elegance, made in functionalist, beautiful lines and refined grooves, Lyngby Porcelæn will always be the stylish choice in design-conscious homes, decade after decade.
Because Lyngby is the queen of complete lines. The products are a feast for the eyes and a strong statement in Danish design and decorative art. Thanks to the company's proud craftsmanship traditions and modern approach to design, these products impress and fascinate anyone who holds them in their hands.
Lyngby Porcelæn is timeless and minimalist perfectionism that, generation after generation, manages to spark feelings of admiration, respect and joy.
That’s why we say: Lines to perfection.
Lyngby Porcelæn – Lines to perfection
With Lines to perfection, we want to express our pride and appreciation for both our tradition-rich design legacy and our modern approach to relevant, complete and current design.
By lines to perfection, we mean that Lyngby Porcelæn should be understood as an expression of our approach to minimalist design and functionalist perfectionism.
This sentence is therefore the cornerstone of Lyngby Porcelæn and summaries our special characteristics. The cornerstone also tells the story of the courage and values that are the essence of Lyngby Porcelæn.
Our special characteristics
Timeless, modern shapes
A stylish choice
The iconic Lyngby vase
Read here about how it is produced – and how it takes time, heart and soul to produce the unique quality that makes this vase stand out from all the rest.
How production is done
Many parts of the process are done by hand, giving each vase a unique story. To top it off, a green monogram is hand-applied at the bottom of each Lyngby Porcelæn product, indicating that the product is of high quality. The hand-printed monogram is also your guarantee that you are investing in a design icon that can be passed down from generation to generation.
The actual production starts at the moulds, which are made at the factory. The shape made of plaster can be used approximately 50 times until the edges lose their sharpness. After this, new moulds must be made. As the vases shrink in the kiln, moulds are made 17% larger than the vases.
Most of the work processes are carried out by hand, and each work process has a designated specialist. It’s a craft that requires precision.
Once the moulds are ready, the porcelain mass is mixed and transported via large pipe systems and hoses to fill up the moulds. 40 moulds are filled to the edge at a time. As the moulds themselves absorb some of the mass, they are filled to the edge twice. The moulds must be turned and rotated during the process to ensure an even distribution of the porcelain mass. As soon as the water from the porcelain has drawn for a sufficient amount of time, you have the exact thickness of the vase, and then it needs to dry. The moulds are opened and each vase is carefully removed from the mould by hand.
Attention to detail
When the vases are dry, they are plastered and washed off with a sponge and water. Everything is inspected and quality-assured before being driven to the first firing. To prevent the vases from cracking, they can only be fired after the first 48 hours at the earliest. The vase is put in the oven for 10 hours at a temperature of 930 degrees Each vase is then dusted off and then glazed.
After the vase has been glazed, any glaze is washed off the base of the vase so that it doesn't stick during the second firing. Here, the vase is fired again for 12 hours at a temperature of 1,390 degrees – a degree of heat that connects the porcelain to the glaze. During the second firing, the vase shrinks as much as 13–14% and may become deformed and warped.
In the final stage of production, the base is sanded finely and the logo is applied by hand, after which the vase is fired one last time. Before the vase is packed for transport, a final quality check follows, after which the flawless vase leaves the factory.
Everything takes place in the factory, and each process is just as important as the previous and the next.
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