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Porcelain pieces, furniture, architecture
– Philip Rosenthal‘s creative vision
extended way beyond the traditional
design concept.
He transformed Rosenthal into a
„factory of living spaces“. His pioneering
idea still resonates today, and is now
being translated into a contemporary
furniture collection.



- 01 - Fin

- 01 - Fin

Philip Rosenthal had a keen intuition for the market, consumers and finding the right products. He invented a new look for porcelain, from which he developed the studio-line in the 1960s.

It wasn’t just the porcelain designs of creative minds such as Timo Sarpaneva, Tapio Wirkkala and Bjørn Wiinblad that demonstrated what a visionary Philip Rosenthal was. He showcased his forward-looking nature to the fullest extent when he expanded the traditional porcelain range to include a furniture collection.

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Scoop is a real whirlwind of colour. The lightweight chair made from moulded foam can be positioned anywhere in the room, is comfortable and easy on the eye. It comes in either fabric or leather.

Uncharted territory

What seems almost run-of-the-mill to us today was an extremely bold move back in the early 1970s. However, the expansion of the porcelain collection into the home living sector was a logical outcome of a holistic design concept that, for Philip Rosenthal, also included architecture and furniture. The furniture pieces were manufactured in a factory in Espelkamp in North Rhine-Westphalia under the “Rosenthal Furnishing” label. Designers like Günter Ferdinand Ris, Burkhard Vogtherr and Vico Magistretti created striking pieces including the spherical Sunball chair, the Hombre living and designer furniture range and the Pan chair. Hombre is a perfect illustration of how product design, furniture design and art all merge together in Rosenthal pieces. The living and designer furniture range became a medium for free artistic design, which saw the sculptors Henry Moore and Eduardo Paolozzi create limited-edition table tops made of porcelain. The individual creations broke the traditional design concept wide open, yet always remained functional. Rosenthal had already brokered attempts to expand into the home living sector shortly after the Second World War. Back then, Wilhelm Wagenfeld had designed for Rosenthal a bowl crafted from porcelain and a matching lampshade.

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- 05 - Mellow

- 06 - Shell

- 04 - Mellow

- 04 - Mellow

The Mellow table is fragile yet robust,
featuring a rounded, solid wood
table top and slightly flared legs made
from brass or chrome. The table top
is available in oiled oak or walnut wood.

- 09 - Nephele

- 09 - Nephele

The cool lounge chair, which Angelo Mangiarotti designed in the 1970s as part of a seating collection, is now being re-leased to mark the 100th birthday of Philip Rosenthal. The limited-edition piece is available in Cognac Brown, Grey and Blue. At the time of its conception, the chair was made for a limited time only and in a very limited number of units.

- 07 - Nightingale

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Alla Italiana

Philip Rosenthal once referred to his company as a “factory of living spaces” when describing the transformation of his father’s porcelain factory into a manufacturer of ceramics, glassware, cutlery and furniture. Alongside designs by Ris, Vogtherr and Magistretti, Rosenthal also released the high-gloss, black painted dining table collection Four Seasons featuring a design by Bjørn Wiinblad. Not to mention the understated seating collection Légère by Angelo Mangiarotti and Chiara Pampo made from leather, teak and rosewood. The lounge chair from this collection is the piece that links to the present as Rosenthal has retrieved original drawings and plans from the archives and is re-releasing the inspired piece, which is being produced by an Austrian furniture manufacturer, to mark the 100th birthday of Philip Rosenthal – in collaboration with the Fondazione Angelo Mangiarotti.

Here and now

People are aware of Rosenthal’s rich (furniture) tradition, which saw it launch the new Interior Collection last year at the imm cologne furniture fair. Although it is composed of individual, stand-alone pieces, the whole collection is influenced by the quality of Rosenthal porcelain: “We wanted to show contrasts that are reminiscent of the special surface structure of glazed and matte porcelain. As such, we used exceptionally high-quality materials and incorporated some suede leather and smooth leather or brushed and shiny metal into the designs,” stated Diana Dietrich, explaining the design concept. Together with Emmanuel Dietrich, the German interior designer created a timeless and very understated collection, whose individual pieces can be combined according to personal taste. The collection’s recurring design elements such as colours, fabric and leather covers, or style elements like the flared feet of the tables and chairs create visual harmonies. The common threads that unite all the furniture items include the use of high-quality materials, superior comfort and quality workmanship. Almost all of the work is carried out in Austria – from woodwork and foam manufacture right up to production of the leather and packaging. The different materials that Rosenthal uses in its designs – both porcelain as well as leather, fabric, wood and metal – “are intended to complement each other and create a harmonious lifestyle range,” says Andreas Gerecke, Marketing Director at Rosenthal, explaining the idea behind the collection.

- 10 - Up&Down

Fold up, fold down! You can get really comfortable on pieces from the Up & Down seating range. Namely because the ergonomically designed backrest is adjustable for the neck area.