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History

Styles change over 281 years. So do needs and tastes. But a good name for creativity and quality endures. That name is Rörstrand – synonymous with a proud tradition of Swedish porcelain production, and a living cultural heritage since 1726.

By then it was already 2,000 years since the Chinese had first transformed clay into beautiful, durable ceramics. Portuguese seafarers, admiring the results in the 1500s, called it porcelana, “mother of pearl”, for its sparkling lustre, but it was to take Europeans another 200 years to master the complexities of production.

In 1726 the Swedish Porcelain Manufactory was founded at Stora Rörstrand in Stockholm, and over the past three centuries millions of people in Sweden and abroad have enjoyed food on services signed with the name Rörstrand.

By the 1850s faience, flintware, bone china and feldspar porcelain were not only the pride of kings and nobility, but had begun to appear on the tables of ordinary folk, too. Then, in the 1890s, Rörstrand recruited its first artists, among them Alf Wallander, to decorate breathtaking objets d’art for the Stockholm Exhibition in 1897 and the World Fair in Paris in 1900.

It was a breakthrough for Rörstrand. The company expanded, moved to Gothenburg in 1926 and to even larger premises in Lidköping in 1936. By then Louise Adelborg’s classic Swedish Grace service from 1930 had established Rörstrand’s reputation worldwide. It heralded a new tradition of collaboration with artists and designers, and a new ambition championed by artistic manager, Gunnar Nylund: designs that could be mass-produced
to give every home the opportunity to own and enjoy beautiful tableware.

In his footsteps followed Carl-Harry Stålhane, whose experiments with countless styles and techniques during 34 years with Rörstrand had a huge effect on the development of the company’s designs. For Hertha Bengtson, function was foremost, exemplified by her revolutionary Koka Blå series of oven-to-tableware (1956–1988). And numerous other artists have also seen their names immortalised on Rörstrand porcelain, a tradition that
is shouldered today by Katarina Brieditis and her light-hearted Kurbits, Pia Törnell’s elegant Convito, and Hanna Werning’s colourful Hanna.

Porcelain is more than just ceramics. It is part of everyday life. Everyday life to which Rörstrand adds a little extra sparkle, pleasure and convenience. Yesterday, today and for many years to come.


RÖRSTRAND THROUGH THE YEARS

1726
Rörstrand was founded in Stockholm. This is in line with the state’s desire to revive the industry after Karl XII:s war.

1782
Rörstrand acquires the porcelain factory in Marieberg.

1790
The first tableware in earthenware was presented. Until this year, Rörstrand produced tableware in faience; a thin-glazed earthenware.

1874
Rörstrand bases the trademark Arabia in Finland

1881
Rörstrand starts the production of feldspar porcelain which reminds of the original Chinese porcelain.

1897
Rörstrand presents porcelain in an Art Noveau spirit at the Art and Craft exhibition in Stockholm.

1926
Rörstrand moves from Stockholm to Gothenburg.

1930
The Stockholm exhibition becomes a success for Rörstrand and the National tableware series.

1936
Rörstrand moves to Lidköping (1936-1939).

1976
Rörstrand is celebrating 250 years. A museum with culturally valuable porcelain collections is inaugurated.

1987
Rörstrand and the porcelain factory of Gustavsberg is merged.

1990
The Finnish Hackman Group acquires Rörstrand. 

1991
Rörstrand’s Nobel porcelain opens at the large Nobel anniversary.

1996
Rörstrand celebrates 270 years and jubilees together with the city of Lidköping which celebrates 550 years.

2000
Change of logotype.

2001
Rörstrand celebrates 275 years.

2002
The porcelain series Ostindia celebrates 70 years

2005
The production of Rörstrand moves abroad and the headquarters moves to Höganäs.

2006

Rörstrand celebrates 280 years.

2007

The Finnish Fiskars Group acquires Rörstrand.

2010

Rörstrand launches the Official Wedding porcelain in celebration of the Royal Wedding and the porcelain series Swedish Grace celebrates 80 years.