Rosenthal AG was founded in 1879 as porcelain factory Philipp Rosenthal & Co. in the Upper Franconian town of Erkersreuth near Selb.The company’s origins lay in the decoration of bought-in white porcelain and following the first initial commercial successes, Philipp Rosenthal decided to manufacture porcelain himself in 1891. Rosenthal became a limited company in 1897.
Internationally renowned designers, initially from the USA such as Richard Latham and Raymond Loewy, and then from the 1960’s onwards predominantly from Scandinavia, including Tapio Wirkkala, Björn Wiinblad and Timo Sarpaneva, created modern service sets and gift accessories from porcelain and glass, as well as drinking glass series and cutlery collections for the respected Upper Franconian company.
The Rosenthal studio-line was founded as an autonomous design brand in 1961 as a consequence of this new direction in product design.
To date over 150 artists, designers and architects, including such famous names as the Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, Luigi Colani, the architects Mario Bellini and Aldo Rossi, the British minimalist star Jasper Morrison, Dorothy Hafner, Paul Wunderlich, Ron Arad, Enzo Mari or Konstantin Grcic, have created unique, innovative as well as avant-garde collections for Rosenthal and promoted the company’s leadership claim in product design as a result.
Over 400 design awards and innumerable references in world famous museums are proof of Rosenthal’s pioneering role today. The close work with famous designers and artists since the early 1950’s had a major influence upon Rosenthal’s further development and the company was the first porcelain manufacturer to become a pioneer for contemporary, modern product design.