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About Lyngby Porcelæn

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

Porcelænsfabrikken Danmark – Lyngby Porcelæn was founded in Kongens Lyngby in Denmark in 1936 with the aim of producing porcelain tableware, vases and other decorative arts of high-quality craftsmanship.

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.
Vases and candlesticks from Lyngby Porcelæn on a table

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 Lyngby vase from Lyngby Porcelæn is made by hand

1936

Porcelain factory Danmark – Lyngby Porcelæn was established in Kongens Lyngby. One of Lyngby Porcelæn's most iconic designs, the Lyngby vase, is then introduced. When it was first designed, it was a sharp contrast to classic and traditional porcelain techniques. It shifted the focus from decoration to form and thus challenged conventional design.
Bonbonnierer from Lyngby Porcelæn with characteristic grooves

1944

The first Bonbonniere was produced with the distinctive grooves, and which is now part of Lyngby Porcelæn’s impressive design archive. Design inspiration for this charming bowl was found in the clean and functional lines of the Lyngby vase, but the Bonbonniere still had its own unique design language.
Refractory porcelain in various parts in the DAN-ILD series from Lyngby Porcelæn

1955

This year, the refractory DAN-ILD series was introduced. DAN-ILD was an everyday porcelain series with many refractory parts designed to be taken directly from the oven to the table. The Rhombe pattern we see on the Rhombe series today is a decoration taken from the DAN-ILD series. It was interpreted as a relief, and is the basis of the Rhombe pattern.
A sign with the year 1956

1956

Axel Brüel (1900–1977) joined the company. Brüel was a Danish ceramic artist who owned a ceramic studio in Hillerød with his wife. He worked for many years as an artistic consultant for Lyngby Porcelæn, and his clear, pure style greatly influenced the functional design style that Lyngby Porcelæn worked with in the 1950s and 1960s.
Jug and cups in the Thermodan series from Lyngby Porcelæn

1957

Lyngby Porcelæn manufactures the world’s first thermal dinner service in porcelain, Thermodan. The dinner service was designed by Axel Brüel, who, together with his engineers, experimented with thermotechnics for an entire year before achieving a result he was satisfied with.
Esben Klint lamp and bonbonniere from Lyngby Porcelæn

1961

1961 is the year when the Esben Klint lamp was launched. The lamp was the result of a collaboration between designer Esben Klint and Lyngby Porcelæn.
Arrangement of Form vases in different colors from Lyngby Porcelæn

1969

This is the first time the Form vases have were found in the catalogues. The simple and elegant design, with its circular shapes and wide opening at the top, makes the vase perfect for enhancing the natural beauty of flowers.

The same year, Porcelain Factory Denmark Lyngby Porcelæn also closed, and all rights were left to the family.
A sign with the year 2011

2011

Christian Elving relaunched the Lyngby Porcelæn brand based on the original drawings and trademarks.
Bonbonniere in glass from Lyngby Porcelæn filled with chocolate

2012

The Bonbonniere was relaunched.
The Lyngby vase was relaunched as the first icon for Lyngby Porcelæn

2012

The Lyngby vase was relaunched as the first icon for Lyngby Porcelæn.
Rhombus plates in stack from Lyngby Porcelæn

2014

The new Rhombe dinner service was put into production.
Rosendahl Design Group logo

2016

The Rosendahl Design Group acquired Lyngby Porcelæn.
Cake stand and cups in Rhombe service from Lyngby Porcelæn

2018

Following high demand, the stylish Rhombe series was expanded with bowls, dishes, cake stands and thermal cups. The new products made it possible to set a classic dinner table with one and the same dinner service.
Curve vases in two sizes and Lyngby vases from Lyngby Porcelæn

2019

The Curve vase was launched. It stood out for its elegant combination of contrasting surfaces and rounded shapes. The vase’s curves were taken from Lyngby Porcelæn’s archives and, with its exquisite craftsmanship, was a tribute to the Lyngby legacy.
Colorful table setting with frame parts in Rhombe Color from Lyngby Porcelæn

2020

Rhombe Color was launched in collaboration with Stilleben to add colour to the brand’s classic white service. The colours were carefully matched with different shades on the individual tableware pieces, so that they could be mixed and matched for a colourful aesthetic or used as individual statements in the table setting.
Different frame parts from DAN-ILD, Lyngby Porcelæn, placed with vegetables in between

2020

The same year the DAN-ILD series was relaunched, also in collaboration with Stilleben. The design duo took the functional and simple design from the 1950s and created a modern interpretation to suit any home and table.
Arrangement of two different vases in the Tura series from Lyngby Porcelæn

2020

The beautiful and sculptural Tura series was launched. The series was designed by Philip Bro Ludvigsen and made with respect for Lyngby Porcelæn’s classic grooves, but was also a modern take on a vase.

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.

Rhombe service from Lyngby Porcelæn on a table

Next steps on the journey

Lyngby Porcelæn has for many years left a massive mark on Danish porcelain production and was added to Rosendahl Design Group’s brand portfolio in 2016.

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.
Plate in Rhombe service from Lyngby Porcelæn with cake on it

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

Rhombe service from Lyngby Porcelæn

High-quality craftsmanship

We never compromise on the quality of craftsmanship in porcelain, just as our approach to production always follows care and respect for our long and proud design legacy. We always use the best materials, and we take pride in producing our products so they are perfect down to finest detail. For Lyngby Porcelæn, craftsmanship is part of the entire process from start to finish. When we devise and design, shape and produce our products, everything has to be just so. This is the dedication we have put into the Rhombe series. Here, work has gone into the recognisable Rhombe relief in order to achieve the perfect aesthetic – both for the eye and for the hand.
Artistic installation of the colorful Rhombe Color service from Lyngby Porcelæn

Timeless, modern shapes

With the distinctive grooves, modern diamond shape and timeless visual appearance, Lyngby Porcelæn is the story of popular shapes that always fit in. It is rooted in a simple, clean aesthetic – and we like to experiment to create solutions that can challenge conventions. Our modern design classics reinterpret Lyngby Porcelæn’s original designs from 1936 – to create understated elegance in everyday life. We always try to balance the historical with the modern. This is evident in timeless classics such as the white Rhombe service and the Lyngby vase – and when we renew ourselves and create modern designs such as Rhombe Color, which has a playful and direct approach to the modern colour palette and a deep colour saturation that sparks joy and life in the modern home.
The iconic grooves on the Lyngby vase from Lyngby Porcelæn

Minimalist perfectionism

Created in a minimalist look with a distinctive aesthetic, Lyngby Porcelæn is an original and well-known design that strives for perfectionism. We know exactly what we're good at, and we stick to what we know. Minimalist design, however, doesn't mean design without details – because there are plenty of these. The understated details – like the classic grooves in the Lyngby vase and the relief pattern in the Rhombe series – underline the perfectionism that goes through the entire brand, from development and production to quality control and final delivery.
Vases in window sill iTura series from Lyngby Porcelæn

A stylish choice

Lyngby Porcelæn’s timeless favourites will fit into any stylish home. Whatever the interior, we embrace diversity and complete the look of your home with our contemporary and stylish designs. That’s why our products always make a safe gift. The classic Lyngby vase is used and presented in many different ways, and it can be personalised to fit your own home. The Rhombe dinner service is also an example of a stylish choice.

The iconic Lyngby vase

High-quality craftsmanship, timeless and modern shapes and stylish minimalist perfectionism are characteristics that are consistent in all our designs and products. And the classic Lyngby vase that most people associate with Lyngby Porcelæn is no exception. Even though the Lyngby vase is over 50 years old, demand for it is higher than ever. The white cylindrical vase with its distinctive grooves is a symbol of modern design in the Danish porcelain history. 

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.
The classic Lyngby vase from Lyngby Porcelæn is being cast
Stamp with logo on the bottom of a Lyngby vase from Lyngby Porcelæn

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