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Rosenthal GmbH may have one of the longest traditions of Germany’s brand manufacturers, but is also one of the most modern. Just as they did when they were originally founded over 135 years ago, Rosenthal develops products equally for discerning end customers and for exacting professional clients from the restaurant and hotel trade. The products stand out with exceptional form, function, quality and craftsmanship and represent a cultural asset “made in Germany”, never ceasing to combine innovation and creativity.

The History of Rosenthal

Everything started with a porcelain painting business in Erkersreuth Castle near Selb. In 1879, Philipp Rosenthal laid the foundations for a company that captured people’s attention with its technical developments and modern designs. The company’s founder was constantly on the lookout for new ideas – in keeping with his motto of “I have no use for people who cannot look beyond the garden fence”. The company’s success story could be seen in the figures when it celebrated its fiftieth anniversary: 7,000 employees produced the porcelain by hand in a complex and laborious process. All that hard work paid off: the company’s beautiful items were on sale around the world as early as 1929.

Philip, the son of the company’s founder, continued what his father started. In 1961, he set the course for the future of product development by creating the studio line. Rosenthal was collaborating with contemporary artists and designers long before design was en vogue. The porcelain factory became a company for up-market interior design and tableware. Rosenthal porcelain was still made in Germany, but now it was manufactured in state-of-the-art production facilities in Selb and Speichersdorf. Automation allowed for precise manufacturing processes and ensured that all pieces were of the same high quality. This was accompanied by a change in the working environment, which provided more room for employee creativity. Rosenthal was well equipped for the future: not only as an employer, but also as a manufacturer of contemporary, highquality lifestyle products featuring ambitious designs.

Rosenthal today

The brand name Rosenthal today stands for international lifestyle.

Rosenthal GmbH has been an extraordinary faceted company now over 130 years and is one of the world's leading producers of technical and innovative tableware design for the consumer-foodservice global markets. The brand is available in 97 countries around the globe.

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