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 The Form 1382 tableware range- a design classic

The Form 1382 tableware range- a design classic

It’s not every day you can give a museum piece as a gift. But our tableware range, Form 1382, is just that. Considered a classic of modern design by both the V&A and MOMA it is part of their permanent collections.

Form 1382 was created in 1931 by Hermann Gretsch as a flagship range for the new Arzberg Porcelain House.  Gretsch was a graduate engineer at a time when the job of designer was a new concept.

 Hermann Gretsch was an engineer in the 1930s- in the days before "designer" was a job. 

Hermann Gretsch was an engineer in the 1930s- in the days before "designer" was a job. 

Gretsch lamented the fact that contemporary tableware failed to be both beautiful and useful. What really bothered him was the little bit of soup that was always left at the bottom of soup tureens- impossible to get at with a ladle. This may seem like a trivial problem but as the renowned architect Mies Van der Rohe once said “God is in the details”.

The director of Arzberg challenged Gretsch to do better and so Gretsch came up with Form 1382. Every detail of this tableware range points to the perfect harmony of form and function.  

 The finely honed spout designed for the perfect pour.

The finely honed spout designed for the perfect pour.

Gretsch worked to ensure that “even crockery, coffee and tea pots are genuine, clean and essential in every detail.” He wanted his designs to “get to the heart of things”.

Arzberg continue to make Form 1382 to this day. They are the official porcelain suppliers for the German Federal Chancellery. Which means it's likely Mrs Merkel sips her tea from Form 1382. And if it's good enough for Angela...

 Form 1382 cup, milk jug and teapot.

Form 1382 cup, milk jug and teapot.

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