‘Kitchen by Thomas’ is an extensive collection of everyday kitchenware for the Thomas brand of German porcelain manufacturer Rosenthal. Building upon Rosenthal’s 130-year heritage and expertise in porcelain tableware, the collection expands beyond the traditional dinner table to include other domestic settings, functions and materials.
The products in this range balance respect for existing archetypes with exploration of new ideas. While each item is designed to work on its own, they are unified into a coherent collection by common product expressions, such as shared profiles, modular footprints and the characteristic wooden batons. Aside from formal simplicity, a key aspect of the design is concerned with materiality, and great care has been taken to unite functional requirements with tactile and emotional qualities. The result is a considered combination of porcelain, glass, beech wood, stainless steel and silicone.
The ‘Kitchen by Thomas’ collection is the result of a three-year exploration and close collaboration between Rosenthal and Office for Product Design, and consists of over twenty pieces, including kitchen utensils, salt and pepper grinders, oil and vinegar cruets, bread and cheese boards, a butter dish, a Parmesan grater, a mortar and pestle, a juicer, a folding trivet and a self-watering herb pot. Some of the more notable items are centred around certain themes, such as bread related products and seasoning.