"Drop " teapot and large milk jug
Date of manufacturer: 1972
Designer: Professor Luigi Colani (born 1928)
Manufacturer: Rosenthal, Selb, Germany
Material: White porcelain
Dimensions: Teapot 21 cm (8") wide, by 11 cm (4") high
Selected for the 1972 Bundespreis Gute Form award
Part of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum collection
Selected for inclusion in the "Landmarks of 20th Century design" handbook by
Hiesinger and Marcus
Description: Luigi Colani takes his design inspirations from nature,
creating organic shapes for cameras, futuristic cars and personal products.
He calls his style 'bio-design' and is a hydrodynamic version of the
streamlined design of the 1930s.
Colani was commissioned to design the tea service for Rosenthal's "studio
line" series. Colani minimised the appearance of the lid and recessed the
handle within the body of the teapot. This achieved a clean profile that
gives the smooth outline of a teardrop, and at the same time allowing the
pot to be held close to its centre of gravity, making it easy to pour. The
milk jug has a similar streamlined styling.
Both items are in mint condition.