European ceramics have hundreds of years of history, which has given birth to many historic and world-renowned famous brands, especially in Sweden. Today, many brands have not only limited to the field of ceramics. Some have expanded their influence to the entire household sector, and some are even making a splash in other areas, such as clothing, handbags, tableware, and even stationery items. In this article, we will explore together some of the common well-known Swedish ceramic brands and companies.
The Swedish brand name Rorstrand has been one of the world’s purest porcelains since 1726, and its 300-year history has made it synonymous with quality and refinement, making it a classic collector’s item in the history of Swedish design.
Take for example the Apple collection, which is one of the most humorous collections in Rorstrand’s history. Half blue and half purple, like a watercolor painting of an Eden apple, with a core in green with light blue. The collection is ultimately named “Eden” after the biblical paradise that is always pleasant and full of joy. I also hope that every table with it can keep this joy.
Gustavsbergs Porslinsfabrik brand is a porcelain brand that has been in business for nearly two hundred years. As the only porcelain factory in Sweden, Gustavsbergs only uses bone china as raw material, and every single piece contains at least 45% bone china ash. This gives Gustavsbergs’ products a different color texture and translucent feel than ordinary porcelain.
To start with Gustavsbergs, we recommend starting with the Green Leaf Berså series, the Blue Flower Blå Aster series, and the Ribb Line series, which are the mainstays of Gustavsbergs!
These designs were first introduced around the 1950s, and the new ones now are all remakes from the 2000s! So, good design will always stand the test of time and never go out of style!
Götefors Porslin is also one of the famous Swedish brands, known for its highly textured porcelain. Götefors Porslin is particularly good at portraying and creating very dynamic patterns inspired by various animals. And everything about blue is very professional! Therefore, its blue and white porcelain is also very collectible.
Like this set of animal series mugs, although the pattern is only printed on the mug, the whole set of images is dynamic. This is thanks to the excellent team of designers at Götefors Porslin.
Becasa Porcelain, a young porcelain manufacturer with 20 years of experience, has created a series of unconventional yet harmonious porcelain concepts with its close-to-life designs. Modern design, in line with the user’s lifestyle, diversity, and individuality beyond function, creates THE BECASA brand’s unique style. All Becasa Porcelain products are originally designed and manufactured in China. The brand is well-known in the world and has many loyal users.
Their best known for their Camellia Blue And White series of porcelain tableware, which has popular in Nordic and Japan. Because it is fired at high temperatures, it is easy to clean and has high brightness. The feel is also very thick.
Arabia is Finland’s national porcelain brand, founded in 1873, and is part of the Fiskars group along with the national glass brand Iittala. Arabia specializes in ceramics, while Iittala is known for its beautiful and unique glass products. As Finland’s national tableware, Arabia pays close attention to the quality and practicality of its products, giving them a warm, natural, and healing feel. And the truth is it has produced many classics that can be passed down to the next generation.
It is worth mentioning that the collaboration with the Finnish cartoon character Moomin has made more people fall in love with Arabia, as if the Nordic designers have a natural love for Moomin, they present these stories in the form of cartoons on tableware again and again.
Villeroy & Boch
Villeroy & Boch is a well-known and long-established German ceramic manufacturer. Its products can be found all over the world, especially in Europe. As an internationally renowned brand, Villeroy & Boch has been adhering to the concept of “tradition inspires the future, bringing people an elegant and noble lifestyle and satisfying the pursuit of high quality of life for different people” for 271 years. In addition, Villeroy & Boch also insists on presenting European dining table culture with French design and German manufacturing.
The “Manufac Rock” series of fine porcelain dining porcelain is inspired by the natural formation of slate millions of years ago. In addition to giving a new pattern, and structure, but also combined with the current popular colors to produce. The realistic slate surface of this high-quality porcelain tableware is carved in relief and recreated with a thin layer of glaze to give it a fascinating realism.
Royal Copenhagen is one of the oldest companies in the world, founded in 1775 under the patronage of the Queen Mother of Denmark, Juliane Marie.
To this day, the tradition of craftsmanship is maintained to produce unparalleled fine porcelain and table decorations. Royal Copenhagen represents a brand of excellence of the highest order, known for its high-quality porcelain products and unique designs. Each Royal Copenhagen piece represents a Danish artistic heritage and national craftsmanship that deserves to be passed down to you forever.
The design of the Blue Fluted Musselmalet collection even dates back to 1770, when it was first produced by the Danish porcelain manufactory in 1775. Today, it is still one of the collecting preferences of a wide range of enthusiasts.
Royal Doulton, the largest British bone china exporter, was founded in 1815. The founder, John Dalton, was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1887 and was authorized by Edward VII in 1901 to use the Royal Royal Tableware, from then on the right to use the Royal Royal word. The brand name RoyalDoulton was also specially added with a British lion symbol with a crown, which has been used until today.
It has always been the favorite of the British upper class and famous families, especially the Royal Doulton porcelain dolls. Owning a Royal Doulton porcelain doll was the dream of every European girl in the 19th century. Each piece was handcrafted with uniqueness and at the same time had a high standard of exquisiteness.
To date, this century-old royal brand has been in accordance with its tradition of production workmanship and top-quality monitoring, so that the brand culture can be passed on to development.
Compared to other porcelain tableware brands, Marimekko is not a “specialized” brand. As it has covered everything from apparel, handbags, and tableware to stationery, but it is also good at everything. Nature, plants, and colorful and childish patterns are the inspiration for its designs. The bold prints and bright colors have become the keynote of its design to this day.
Unikko, Pieni, and MiniUnikko represent different forms of poppy patterns.
Today, Marimekko’s most popular pattern is still the Unikko-poppy, and it introduces a different color poppy pattern every year, with the new one in 2020 being brown.
Unikko, Pieni, and MiniUnikko represent different forms of poppy patterns. Today, Marimekko’s most popular pattern is still the Unikko-poppy, and it introduces a different color poppy pattern every year, with the new one in 2020 being brown.
IKEA was founded in Sweden in 1943 with the aim of “making everyday life better for most people”. The IKEA brand has always been associated with improving the quality of people’s lives and has always been about providing as many customers as possible with affordable, well-designed, functional, and affordable home furnishings.
Most of IKEA’s ceramic products are mainly stoneware, focusing on a balance of beauty and cost-effectiveness. IKEA is a good choice if you want to have a set of ceramic dinnerware at a better price.