Two weeks ago I was invited by three incredibly great Danish design brands to attend a design blogger tour: Dinesen, Fritz Hansen and Royal Copenhagen. The two-days tour was amazing – I came back with loads of Danish design inspiration but let me split it up in three posts as I don’t want to overwhelm you with information and images (and there are plenty of both). So let me start with our first stop: a visit to the production facilities and the flagship store of the iconic porcelain manufacturer Royal Copenhagen.
Royal Copenhagen is Denmark’s finest and most prestigious porcelain factory founded 240 years ago. They have set the table for royal families, noblemen, wealthy families, and then to a broader public of Danish families and many foreigners. Throughout history Royal Copenhagen has preserved its iconic design and high quality. One of the most renown patterns is the so-called ‘Pattern Number 1’ (because it was the very first pattern of Royal Copenhagen) also known as ‘Blue Fluted design’. You might have spotted the Blue Fluted design on the blogs and Instagram pictures of some Danish design bloggers – it is just as popular today as it was 240 years ago!
Visiting the production facilities of Royal Copenhagen was truly amazing: We got to peek behind the scenes and see how the liquid mixture was poured into moulds, how pieces were attached, how mugs were fired and how they were glazed and hand-painted in both the Blue Fluted design and the eclectic Flora Danica design. Watching the talented people hand-painting plates and mugs was truly astonishing – it seemed so easy going, like if their hands were guided by intuition. Shortly after that I had the opportunity to learn it myself.
We had the chance to paint our own Blue Fluted mug at the factory. With the help of the talented ladies from the painting department, we carefully followed their steps and with a few beginner problems (the first lines look like I did them during an earthquake) I managed to accomplish the task and paint my first and very own Royal Copenhagen mug.
After the factory visit we headed to downtown Copenhagen to visit the flagship store of Royal Copenhagen, where an exhibition showcases the Blue Fluted design throughout its 240 years of history. Structured in decades we walked through the history and one companion was on our side from 1775 to today – the beautiful tableware from Royal Copenhagen.
Photography by Igor Josifovic
The design blogger tour was sponsored by Dinesen, Fritz Hansen and Royal Copenhagen