Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Krenit bowls by Herbert Krenchel


Herbert Krenchel (b. 1922) graduated with a Master of Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark. Herbert Krenchel’s research was focused on materials and fiber reinforcement. Since the 1950’s, simultaneously with his research, Herbert Krenchel has worked with design. The enameled Krenit bowl won the gold medal at the 1954 Milan Triennale.  
"I am exited about shapes and structures. The surface on a design object is important because it makes people want to reach out for it. I also believe that there has to be a balance between function and aesthetics. A good design must therefore contain more than one aspect to make the perfect overall impression. My inspiration comes from several things surrounding me – it can’t be explained. For me design is a way to express yourself – it’s a way to create things just the way you want it."

Civil engineer and materials scientist dr.techn. And professor emeritus at the Technical University of Denmark, he is behind the design of enamel bowl in 1953, known as Krenit bowl. The bowl is currently very popular with collectors and are found in many parts of the world. It has a distinct design, with its matt-black exterior, thin edge and colored enamel interior. The cup won in 1954 a gold medal for his unique design of the Milan Triennale. Until production stopped in 1966, the bowl had been produced in more than 1 million units. 

The krenit bowls are still in production by Nordmann

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