Royal Copenhagen, the Danish porcelain manufacturer, has unveiled contemporary dinnerware that features a fresh new range of blue flowers—the first blue floral series since the company's iconic
Blue Flower motifs were introduced in 1779. Called
Blomst, this new pattern "brings together past and present," by using the same cobalt blue colorway that defines the original blue series, and modernizing the classic tabletop collection with bolder floral compositions and subtle geometric shapes.
Blomst, which translates as 'flower' in Danish, encompasses 15 different flower illustrations—including classic spring blooms, like hyacinth and iris—chosen, according to Royal Copenhagen, "with an emphasis on species that bore a rich botanical history, and of course, their individual beauty.'" Wouter Dolk, the Dutch artist chosen to hand-render each flower in the Blomst series, is a highly accomplished painter of botanicals, best known for his exquisite in-situ murals of outsized flowers. Dolk spent five years on this commission—not his first for Royal Copenhagen—meticulously researching a way to bring the company's storied Blue Flower series into the 21st Century, while still honoring its legacy. The resulting designs make subtle distinctions between the more ornamental compositions of the Blue Flower collection and the bolder, starker illustrations in Blomst. "Eventually, I arrived at placing a single, perfectly hand-painted flower at unexpected angles and allowing it room to breathe. In the end, the design proved transcendent, allowing every splendid flower its moment in the sun," says Dolk.