The Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has been taking the design world by storm in recent years. With a host of furniture and lighting products created for the likes of Moroso, B&B Italia, and Foscarini, it was only a matter of time before she took on the kitchen table. Landscape, her new collection for the revered German manufacturer Rosenthal, is a comprehensive suite of fine porcelain dinnerware, glassware, flatware, and linens.
Landscape represents quite a fanciful departure for Rosenthal, whose tableware collections include the minimal Moon by Jasper Morrison and the austere TAC 02 series by Bauhaus legend Walter Gropius. For this most recent collection, Urquiola has laced the porcelain with a variety of decorative relief patterns that cover the surface, ripple over the edges or turn three-dimensional to serve as handles for cups, creamers, and pots (click right image for larger view). In keeping with our current taste for ornamentation, these embellishments thread their way through the entire collection, creating, according to Urquiola, "a sensual compendium."
New to the Rosenthal Studio-Line, Landscape can currently be viewed at Moss. Five piece place settings run $188, glassware is $126 per pair and the large lacy tablecloth will set you back $2,000. Contact Rosenthal for more dealer locations.