in 1993, the royal porcelain manufactory (KPM) in berlin reached out to italian designer enzo mari to seek a hands-on collaboration that would include the art direction of the historic institution, founded by frederick the great in 1763. mari asked me, his former design student, to assist him in this activity. we initially agreed on a 3-year-long contract to work side-by-side inside KPM’s facilities and to collaborate on the design of new forms and decorations, together with the in-house master workshop.
drawing by enzo mari of the KPM team (left to right): cordula gebauer, bernhard nowacki, enzo mari, thomas wenzel, desigboom’s birgit lohmann and robert suk. private collection (a gift to birgit lohmann)
in the briefing, the supervisors of the berlin institution requested to recover the ‘creative potential’ of the craftsmen. this necessity was based on numbers. the market’s appreciation of KPM’s porcelain goods was diminishing. KPM