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Décor meets duty in these steel bowls by Herbert Krenchel. The saturated color of the enamel lining is accentuated by the sharp edge of the fine lip. Mr. Krenchel’s shapes for this group also influenced modern bowl design. A classic too beautiful for us to resist, the Krenit collection took the gold medal at Le Trienale in Milan in 1954 due to their looks—and the technical challenges initially involved in enameling such thin steel. The Danish designer succeeded with manufacturing partner Torben Ørskov (whose glasses we sell at A+R). It was reissued with improvements in 2008 by Normann Copenhagen.
“When Jan and I look at new designs for Normann Copenhagen, we take a very intuitive approach to the products,” according to cofounder Poul Madsen. “A picture can say much more than words and if we are both struck by what we see, we are interested.” Jan Andersen and Poul Madsen teamed up to create the Normann Copenhagen with a vision to shake up the contemporary design field. Now known the world over, they collaborate with new names and established talents from their native Denmark as well as internationally.
The company puts a premium on challenging conventional thinking in collections of tabletop products, lighting and furniture—with bold design strokes, innovative materials and a deft enjoyment of color. “We like products that have an original idea and a simple design, although we do not tie ourselves to a particular line,” Poul adds. “For us, the important thing is that the projects we get involved in bring something new into the world of design.”