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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Krenit bowls by Herbert Krenchel

Herbert Krenchel
Herbert Krenchel (1922- ) is a Danish civil engineer born in Copenhagen. He designed the Krenit bowl in 1953. The name is a combination of the designer's name and eternit, a fiber cement he used in his work as an engineer. The bowl had a matte black exterior, a thin edge and an enameled interior, and it won a gold medal at the Milan Triennale in 1954.

Two years later, Krenchel created a melamine salad set for the line, taking his inspiration from chopsticks and Asian minimalist design. Before this time, salads were not common on Danish dinner tables, but Danes were just starting to include them in their meals.

The Krenit salad set appeared on the cover of the first issue of the Danish interior design magazine Bo Bedre. The line has been out of production since 1966.

The Krenit bowls have been reissued by Normann Copenhagen. These are made of steel and melamine, rather than the enamel of the originals. Equally suited for kitchenware or  decor items, the bowls come in black, white, red, lime, purple, turquoise, blue and green. They start at $18.

From deconet.com, spottedbynormanncopenhagen.com and Atomic Ranch magazine.

Original Krenit bowls in steel and enamel
despoke.com
Krenit salad set
spottedbynormanncopenhagen.com
Cover of Bo Bedre, 1961
spottedbynormanncopenhagen.com
Reissued Krenit bowls in steel and melamine
dwell.com

16 comments:

  1. I would choose the Lime bowls or go with the yellow if those were out.
    I am going out looking for treasure tomorrow. Hopefully I find something cool!

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    1. I love the lime too. I may have to buy some of the reissues to use everyday. Of course, I'd love some of the originals, but I don't think enamel would hold up to my daily use. Good luck treasure hunting!

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  2. I love the retro pic! I'm loving these Dana, they are very cool, might have to buy some too!

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    1. I'm trying to figure out what the mother is bringing in. It looks like more salad...and fried eggs???

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    2. Mmmm curried egg? Maybe they are there for aesthetics, pops of white and yellow, she frames the bowl in the foreground! ...oops sorry, I forgot myself, I thought I was at school, teaching analysis to the great unwashed! :)

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  3. I love my vintage krenitbowls, and i found last week matching salad servers at the thriftstore from Krenit!

    merle

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    1. I went to your blog and looked at them. Great find. They look great with the yellow bowls.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the post! Thanks.

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  5. I'd seen these around the internet but didn't realise they were a reissued design. I love the colours but think I'd prefer it if the outer edge was white instead of black.

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    1. I'm a huge fan of anything matte black, but the bowls would be fantastic in white too.

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  6. I'm drawn to the black and white salad set.

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    1. No amount of ornamentation is as beautiful as stark simplicity.

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    2. I absolutely concur with that design philosophy.

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  7. Hi Dana,
    I just wanted to let you know that I linked your blog & this post to my Thrift Share post this week. I really enjoy your blog & was so glad that your reminded me of the Krenit Bowls. I found 2 last week & just love them!
    http://nowsolavintage.blogspot.com/2012/03/thrift-share-getting-dished.html
    Cheers ~ Lara

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    1. Thanks for the mention, Lara. I visited your blog and love it and am now a follower. :)

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