Barbara Schmidt on the concept for Centuries:
"I have loved porcelain ever since I was a child. It is a wonderful material, which is shaped into objects that are part of our daily lives. To rediscover it time and again is a pleasure. The idea of Centuries was to reinterpret trusted motifs and textures and to integrate them into KAHLA porcelain concepts for the present day. This isn‘t your standard dinner service; it‘s a colourful selection of beautiful objects that enrich their users with endless possible combinations."
Four design lines are part of Centuries: Thuringia, Mirasol, Feston and Époque.
Ribbed reliefs are a very classical motif that has adorned many a porcelain from Saxony and Thuringia. Several pieces, such as the tea pots and bowls are direct replicas of old KAHLA models. By contrast, the plates are a collage of the traditional relief and Asian style blossoms. The inventors of the ribbed structure presumably were guided by nature. The blossoms complete the circle.
Two different kinds of flower petals, one narrow, curved and sharply defined, the other wider and smooth adorn the porcelain. At times they form a dynamic landscape, at other times they grow out of a swirl or coil up into a spiral. Sometimes they are regular in shape, sometimes irregular and seem to flutter about the plate as if just been plucked. He loves me, he loves me not...
Straightforward porcelain gets a type of lace collar on one side - a festoon. It is amazing how this changes its effect! The relief lines that run parallel to the wavy rim are also found in silverware. Thus, a quite familiar sight in the table landscape, yet again entirely new.
Historical handles meet porcelain of the present day. Rich dynamic ornamentation marries reduced design. From the KAHLA design books we chose a handle each from the Classicism, Neo-Baroque and Art Nouveau era. With playfully ironic ease, these handles add a little lustre of bygone times to 21st century cups and jugs.