Royal Copenhagen presents HAV; a dinnerware representing a timeless now


HAV is a distinctive, new dinnerware created in close collaboration with architect Bjarke Ingels, industrial designer Lars Holme Larsen, and design philosopher Jens Martin Skibsted. HAV is deeply embedded in the tradition of Royal Copenhagen while simultaneously reaching towards the future, challenging the traditional idea of what dinnerware is supposed to be. Each item of HAV serves a multifunctional purpose, creating a unique dinnerware set that represents a modern and multi-faceted interpretation of conscious luxury.

With a dream of a timeless now, Royal Copenhagen is ready to launch a new, dinnerware set, that broadens the scope of what constitutes modern-day dining traditions. The dinnerware is named HAV, the Danish word for ‘ocean’, and honours the porcelain manufacturer’s iconic signature of three blue waves, a mark of fine craftmanship and Danish porcelain art that symbolises the three Danish straits; the Sound, the Great Belt and the Little Belt.

HAV reflects a present where luxury is defined by quality, connectedness, responsible consumption, and tastefulness in all aspects of life. “We wanted to create a new and accessible dinnerware – a set that could be used by everyone and for all purposes. Our ambition was to reinterpret our heritage and bring it into the future. We wanted to create something completely new while at the same time stay true to our craftsmanship and DNA,” says Niels Bastrup, Creative Director at Royal Copenhagen.copy-of-hav_hybrid-bowls_wide

One focal design element of HAV is the interplay between ornamentation and function, where the aesthetics of simplistic architecture add a modern twist to the long-standing design tradition. HAV is inspired by one of Royal Copenhagen’s classic dinner services Seagull by Fanny Garde with a distinct fish scale ornamentation depicted in a mix between a blue and greenish black colour that resembles the coastline shrouded in morning mist. By using an airbrush hand-spray painting technique, the scale decoration on HAV appears elegant in its tactility and modern in its expression. While HAV embodies its Royal Copenhagen heritage, the ornamentation has been cut to a minimum and serves a function, stimulating the senses:

“There is a form of non-verbal communication to it and the patterns are designed closer together in the places where you would naturally hold onto the objects”, explains Bjarke Ingels, and Jens Martin Skibsted continues: “The fish scales, that is the core of the decoration, was not only meant to have an ornamental purpose but also ensure that you get a better grip on the products”.

The collaboration between Royal Copenhagen and architect Bjarke Ingels, industrial designer Lars Holme Larsen, and design philosopher Jens Martin Skibsted, began in 2009, and now, 10 years in the making, the dinnerware sees the light of day. By bringing together the creative forces of the design collaborative, formerly known as KiBiSi, with the talented designers of Royal Copenhagen, HAV marries the best of different fields in one, shared design vision. As a result, the dinnerware is a true testament to the dedication to quality and the art of impeccable craftsmanship unanimous with Royal Copenhagen.copy-of-hav_bowls_50cl_110cl_300cl_wideHAV underlines a design vision of simplicity by offering a multifunctional dinnerware with sustainable aesthetics. The expression, especially represented in three profile items; the hybrid bowl, the teapot and the carafe, is both abstract and organic where the asymmetries add a special character to the products and stretch the boundaries of what is feasible in porcelain production.

The dinnerware consists of nine objects, including masterpiece teapot ornamented with an elegant bronze handle, a uniquely shaped hybrid bowl and carafe, the thermal mug, plates of two different sizes, and three different sizes of bowls – all with scales that can be seen and felt. The design draws references to the history of Royal Copenhagen through the blue colour, the scaled pattern and the endearing signature of the three blue waves.