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Royal Copenhagen Picnic

Royal Copenhagen "Picnic" - Packaging

Royal Copenhagen “Picnic”

My interest in 20th Century ceramics starts to wane a bit in the late 1970s, but occasionally I come across interesting designs or stories from later.

This is a Royal Copenhagen design you don’t see that often, but was very popular when it was released in the early 1980s. The design is called “Picnic”.  Strangely enough it is a design that rarely turns up nowadays.  To me it typifies the flat, clean and bright design of the 1980s.

There were 6 different patterns in this series, with the forms designed by Grethe Meyer, and the graphics by Ole Kortzau. Interestingly, both of these designers initially worked as Architects but are now better known for their work in other design fields.

Royal Copenhagen "Picnic" - 1980s

Royal Copenhagen "Picnic" - 1980s

Royal Copenhagen “Picnic” – 1980s

Royal Copenhagen "Picnic" - 1980s

Royal Copenhagen “Picnic” – 1980s – Backstamps

Ole Kortzau is well known for his series of Danish beachscape postcards from the 1970’s-1980’s which obviously influenced the bright, fresh designs of “Picnic”. He also designed for Georg Jensen, Holmegaard, Kvadrat amongst others.

The clean style of graphic seen on this series with its areas of flat bright colour became a very popular look in the 1980s into the 1990s, but never really grabbed me except from a historical perspective.

Interestingly the Picnic series also included as part of the whole design a packaging box for each item which was decorated with graphics of an apple tree, ladder and basket (also designed by Ole).

Royal Copenhagen "Picnic" - Packaging

Royal Copenhagen “Picnic” – Packaging

Royal Copenhagen "Picnic" - Packaging

Royal Copenhagen “Picnic” – Packaging

To get a better idea of what the elements of this design looked like all together, have a look at the images on the V&A website HERE

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