Pictured above Hammershøi Tumblers in Indigo, Hammershøi Bowls in Sky Blue and Hammershøi Egg Cups in Marble.
It’s no secret that I am a nutter for ceramics. It tempts me like no other product. My cupboards bear testimony to this as they seem to be an orphanage for retro coffee pots, which is ironic as I don’t even drink coffee. As I type I am trying to control myself from buying the Carlton Ware toast rack which is yelling at me from ebay! Shh, don’t tell my husband….
So, it can’t come as that much of a surprise when I fell for the beautiful range “Hammershøi” from Kähler at London Design Junction. Elements reminded me of a range of retro Sadlers which I shared in a previous blog post and the inky blues and soft greys also hit my style love button! I also liked the fact this wasn’t a brand I had come across before and it wasn’t everywhere – you know the ceramics pieces that seem to be so hot every retailer is carrying them, so they don’t feel as precious and unique.
Pictured on left Hammershøi Tumblers in Indigo, Hammershøi Bowls in Sky Blue and Hammershøi Egg Cups in Marble. Pictured on right Hammershøi Teapot, Jug and Bonbonniere in Anthracite.
So, who are “Kähler”? Though they are new to me, they are no new kids on the ceramics block. They are a Danish company founded in 1893 by the Kähler family. The company remained in the family’s hands for four generations with the final family members leaving in 1974. At the core of the company through all of its 175 years is the handicraft experience that really encapsulates Nordic design.
The Hammershøi range is a homage to one of the company’s pioneering artists and craftsmen, Svend Hammershøi. He joined Kähler in 1893 aged 20 and worked there throughout his entire lifetime, seeing through two world wars, until his death in 1948. His designs for the company were epitomised by strong shapes and distinct furrows, which have become the defining factors of the Hammershøi.
Pictured on left Hammershøi Tumblers in Indigo, Hammershøi Bowls in Sky Blue and Hammershøi Egg Cups in Marble. Pictured on right Hammershøi 3 pack of Miniature Vases in Rose.
Why do I love them?
I love how craftsmen can take inspiration from something old and turn it into something so contemporary. The time Hammershøi was finding his creative voice by adding those deep furrows to his design was almost 100 years ago. The style has been updated by designer Hans-Christian Bauer with a simplicity that has a calmness about it. Let’s just talk colour, shall we? Soft blues, greys and greens with some hints of pinks and corals. All colours that are all over my house so obviously my happy space in the colour wheel. These colours bring a whole heap of Nordic chic to your table!
What if you love them?
Pictured above Hammershøi Teapot, Jug and Bonbonniere in Anthracite.
Small Print – Blogger Openness about Products
I want my blog to be able to genuinely talk about products I love and I want you readers to feel confident in that. I approached the brand to put this piece together as I truly do love the range. I made press loans and haven’t benefited with product gifts or payment. I am sharing because I just plain love it and I thought you guys might too! I want to thank Tim who sorted out the loans for me and Polly for sharing her gorgeous home as a “studio” for this shoot and for her toast making skills.
Photos by Daniella Exley.