100 Design Awards for KAHLA
In October, KAHLA/Thüringen Porzellan GmbH, one of the leading design-focused companies in the industry, was awarded the Focus Open 2017 international design award in gold in the tableware and kitchenware category for "O – The better Place" by professor Barbara Schmidt. This marks the 100th design award for the company. KAHLA also received gold in the sustainability category; the jury of the Design Center Baden-Württemberg awarded it to the togo-concept "cupit" by Lisa Keller, making it the 101st design award. "We are very happy to receive these two prestigious awards. Congratulations to the designers! These awards acknowledge the high priority KAHLA places on innovative, progressive design", says Managing Partner Holger Raithel.
KAHLA rethinks tableware
When Günther Raithel, the father of the current company director, re-established the company in 1994, he developed a concept to create porcelain with a "design with added value" that reflects the modern way of life of the customers. In Barbara Schmidt, Günther Raithel found a young designer who was eager to rethink tableware and table culture. Her Update collection bid good-bye to the coffee pot as the traditional heart of a tableware service and gave all articles in the series more than just one function. This laid the foundation for the success record of today. Barbara Schmidt has been shaping the design language of KAHLA for almost 25 years. Her award-winning collections include the coffee connoisseur's series Café Sommelier 2.0 and the porcelain series Elixyr, Cumulus and Five Senses. With "O", Schmidt now brings a sophisticated play of light and shadow to the table. Characteristic for "O" is the precise fold in the porcelain, which inspires a variety of geometric table arrangements and, supported by a delicate relief on the underside of the objects, enables a firm and secure handling of the tableware. Instead of saucers, the series includes small plates, which provide a secure stand for cups thanks to their "Magic Grip" silicone coating.
Multifunctional and sustainable
KAHLA designer Lisa Keller too pursues the concept of "design with added value". With "cupit", she created a classy, modern reusable concept for enjoying coffee, tea and snacks on the go. In many ways, "cupit" is the embodiment of KAHLA's design approach. With this design, the company promotes a sustainable to-go-culture, which is in line with the company philosophy with its focus on resource-conserving production in Germany and with the KAHLA pro Eco seal ensuring the avoidance of long-distance transports. Characteristic for "cupit" are also its innovative material properties: all cups are equipped with "Magic Grip" – a porcelain finish patented by KAHLA, which makes the porcelain slip-resistant and quiet, and insulates it from heat. Magic Grip has also been awarded numerous prizes, as have other surface treatment processes patented by KAHLA, such as the velvety textile tableware coating touch! or the write-on porcelain Notes.