FÜRSTENBERG has specialized in unique craftsmanship and exclusive porcelain dinnerware manufacture since 1747. This traditional company from Lower Saxony is now setting new standards in porcelain manufacture with its premium collections featuring tableware design of the highest quality. The FÜRSTENBERG portfolio ranges from dinner services and gift items to unique designer pieces.
FÜRSTENBERG is a porcelain dinnerware manufacturer whose skilled craftsmanship has been honed through experience spanning over two centuries. The craftsmen at this traditional German firm are expert at continuously developing historical collections and creating contemporary product lines. They claim precision down to the smallest detail. What enables them to fulfill this claim is the fact that most of the porcelain manufactured at FÜRSTENBERG is still based on manual craft, supported by the very latest technical equipment to ensure creation of the finest quality porcelain objects. At the porcelain manufactory, design meets unrivalled craft expertise, as it has done since the company’s inception. Founded in 1747 by Duke Carl I von Braunschweig at Fürstenberg hunting lodge, the manufactory’s history is populated by a succession of renowned porcelain painters, modelers and designers. FÜRSTENBERG is Germany’s second oldest porcelain manufacturer. Today, the FÜRSTENBERG trademark, the blue “F” with a crown above, is internationally recognized as a symbol of sophisticated porcelain artwork from Germany.
Porcelain manufacturer FÜRSTENBERG develops service-sets that display a truly timeless quality. From each of the most important European stylistic periods the company has at least one design form in our collection; from the classical service by the name of Herzog Ferdinand to the Bauhaus-classic Wagenfeld to the contemporary designs of TAPA , Furstenberg products are all about excellence in design and luxurious decoration.
Cutipol is the best result of a constant effort for improvement, an insatiable spirit of innovation and the gathering of expertise and know-how over several generations going back to the very origins of the cutlery industry in Portugal. The Cutipol range is a diverse collection of cutlery with many leading edge modern designs and a large offering of classical designs. Great attention is paid to detail and many of the company’s patterns call for a high degree of technical knowledge and meticulous care. Cutipol cutlery is the result of a constant effort for improvement, an insatiable spirit of innovation and the gathering of expertise and know-how that dates back to the very origins of the cutlery industry in Portugal. Traditional hands-on craftsmanship is paired with modern technology to produce these superb contemporary flatware pieces. Modern machinery is used for much of the initial work but traditional craftsmanship still plays a major role. While the use of machinery and a certain level of automation are common within the industry to facilitate consistent production and improve safety, Cutipol artisans employ their skills and expertise in forging and shaping steel, which are further refined with machines around them.
José Joaquim Ribeiro, with his brothers and sisters, has run Cutipol for three generations with a focus on solid engineering, a commitment to quality and the understanding that simple is beautiful. Cutipol focuses its attention to detail and the very best method of manufacture, which are evident in the company’s products. Flatware, when designed well, looks like a small cluster of precision tools: perfectly balanced, honed to an edge.
DAVID MELLOR DESIGN
David Mellor Design operates on the simple principle that well-designed equipment can improve your life. The company was established by David Mellor, Royal Designer for Industry. Mellor is a key figure in British design with an international reputation as designer, manufacturer and shopkeeper. Born in Sheffield, he has always specialized in metalwork and he is particularly famous for his cutlery design. David Mellor cutlery is manufactured in a purpose-designed modern factory in the Peak District National Park. The Round Building, designed by Sir Michael Hopkins, has won numerous architectural awards.
The famous David Mellor shop in Sloane Square, London, and the Country Shop alongside the factory at Hathersage in Derbyshire, sell a professional collection of kitchenware and tableware, expertly selected for those who love to cook and eat
David Mellor retired in 2005 and his designer son Corin Mellor is now Creative Director of the company. Born in Sheffield in 1966. Corin Mellor trained as a product designer at Kingston and worked for the London architects YRM before joining his father, David Mellor. Corin Mellor has carried out a number of special design commissions. His public seating can be seen at the Lowry Gallery in Salford Quays, the Millennium Galleries and Winter Garden, Sheffield. He has recently worked on new projects for Sheffield Cathedral and Chatsworth House. At David Mellor Design Corin is responsible for special product development within the company. In 2007 he introduced new ranges of kitchen knives, table glass and woodware. Corin designed the interior of the new David Mellor Design Museum and Cafe at Hathersage.
150 years of tradition in manufacturing cutlery recognizes Gense as one of Europe’s largest suppliers of cutlery. Gense was established in 1856 by Gustav Eriksson and is today one of Scandinavia’s largest producers of stainless steel cutlery. All over the world, the Gense brand is associated with high quality cutlery. All Gense cutlery adds beauty to your everyday life, and is distinguished by innovative design.
Form and function come together in Gense products. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, Gense has been associated with well-known designers. The Gense trademark is founded on respect for traditions, and the rich complexity of craftsmanship. Many years of cooperation with well-known designers has resulted in the development of a series of classical, innovative, and functional cutleries, always respecting the material – the highest quality of stainless steel. The Gense concept has even participated in setting the standard for Scandinavian design.