Nov
01
2012
18

Royal News

For those of you who have followed my blog for a while, you have heard me talk several times about the iconic Danish porcelain company Royal Copenhagen. Royal Copenhagen, a purveyor to Her Majesty The Queen Of Denmark, was established in 1775 and is considered one of the most luxurious porcelain brands in the world.

I started to pick up my first Royal Copenhagen pieces at antique auctions in Sweden when I was just a young cat, and over the years I have built a nice, little collection that I never grow tired off.

All of Royal Copenhagen’s products are handmade in Denmark and my personal opinion is that is is hard to beat the quality and the esthetics — timeless understated elegance. Always right. No surprise that my husband and I picked Royal Copenhagen’s ”Princess” as our wedding china (I was old enough to know what works for me! No mainstream nor mass produced here!).

Some 10 years ago a very brilliant young Danish design student, Karen Kjældgård-Larsen, had a vision (and a lot of courage & nerve, I must say!) to put a modern twist to the iconic Blue Fluted pattern which has been in production in Denmark since 1775. Karen Kjældgård-Larsen beautifully modified & enlarged elements of the original pattern and gave it a modern look. Since its introduction, Blue Fluted MEGA has become a major success with its fresh, updated look while still honoring the Blue Fluted 18th century.

 

For those of you who know my style well — marrying old style with new, and doing it well, always impresses me.

Produced in the same shapes and sizes as the original and using the same techniques, Blue Fluted Mega can be mixed in to supplement the original service. By mixing and matching the patterns and eras you get a personal, unique and historical collection that will be appreciated for generations to come.

Now, to the news.

It is my great honor to announce that as of today Splendid Avenue is carrying many of Royal Copenhagen’s pieces. We offer their porcelain goods that have been in production since 1775, as well as many from Karen Kjældgård-Larsen’s “new-classic” MEGA Flute series (comes in both blue and black).

You will find them under our store category Fine Dining.

More products will be added, including my own wedding china – Royal Copenhagen Princess (here below).

Do I even have to tell you how excited I am to be working with such an iconic and beautiful brand?

A brand I am already so crazy passionate about. And Scandinavian too! I am very proud of that too.

Thank you for stopping by. Hugs to you all.

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Jun
16
2011
30

I Meant To Get These In Sweden… Maybe Next Time

For years I have been collecting classic white and blue dinner plates by Royal Copenhagen. Founded in 1775, Royal Copenhagen is one of the world’s oldest companies. For more than 235 years the Danish company has been renowned for its exclusive quality porcelain products and its immaculate design.

We have a good size collection of plates, bowls and serving plates of “Blue Fluted Half Lace” (the less ornate version of all the series). We use them for more festive occasions.

“Blue Fluted” was Royal Copenhagen’s very first porcelain dinner service, (adopted in 1775). It takes 1,197 brush strokes – no more, no less – to paint a Blue Fluted Half Lace dinner plate.

A few years ago a young, aspiring designer, Karen Kjældgård-Larsen, contacted Royal Copenhagen. Her dream was to design a reinterpretation of the classic Blue Fluted pattern. She suggested blowing up the classic pattern and - voila! – Mega was born and took the world by storm. (Good for Royal Copenhagen for being brave enough to take such a legendary pattern and put a modern twist on it).

I personally love that more modern look. And I love the idea of mixing the different epoques. I can’t wait to start investing in some of these myself. (Before someone decides to shrink that pattern again!). I wanted to buy a few pieces when I recently visited Stockholm but my suitcases were already full with items from my Mom’s home.

I will get them for sure (and I might even get them in the US. I will look into the different price points). I am thinking of starting with the coffee and tea cups + saucers and the dessert plates. If you decide to do the same – your kids/grandkids will thank you. Royal Copenhagen will never go out of style. And they always do well at auctions.

I also dug out these articles I had saved from Country Living. Here you will find some DIY projects saluting Royal Copenhagen MEGA. Go here to learn how to  make your own wall decals and a lamp shade (paper cut outs) of that beautiful pattern. Tempting!

Have a royal rest of the week! (You will find me in the backyard weeding like crazy!)

P.S And Happy Father’s Day (Sunday + US) to all wonderful fathers and fathers in training!

Written by Splendid Willow in: The Best of Sweden | Tags:

Mar
16
2009
2

The Perfect Wedding Gift Dilemma

Gunilla Dear – this is not for you to read!

My lovely friend Gunilla is getting married and I am on the hunt for that perfect wedding gift. I want it to be something she and her husband to be will treasure for life – and I want them to think of us every time they use it. I am definitely going classic & functional. Now the big question is what…

(If you have any fabulous gift ideas – please speak up. I can really use your help!)

Wedding gift candidates – so far:

Elegant Champagne Flutes from Orrefors’ Avanti collection. These glasses are made of lead-free crystal by master glassblowers and cutters in Orrefors’ Swedish glassworks.

Classic and modern salad servers from the world renowned Danish designer Arne Jacobsen for Georg Jensen.

Salad plates from Royal Copenhagen (the company was established in 1775 and this is its most recent series called Fluted Mega – a contemporary twist on the classic Flute model). The plates are assembled, painted and glazed by hand.

“Nobel” linen napkins from the Swedish linen mill “Klassbols“. These napkins are being used by distinguished guests at the prestigious Nobel Banquet, held in Stockholm annually.

Am I being too conservative? Help!


Written by Splendid Willow in: Home Goods & Accessories | Tags: , , , ,

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