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MODULAR BEAUTY FOR NOW

AND IN THE FUTURE

DATUM is the first porcelain tableware series designed by the global architecture and design studio Foster + Partners in collaboration with Porzellanmanufaktur FÜRSTENBERG. The precise geometry in porcelain, the modular system of the individual pieces and FÜRSTENBERG’s unparalleled expertise combine to make DATUM an outstanding and groundbreaking tableware collection. DATUM unites the highest level of international design and experienced craftsmanship Made in Germany.

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Hearst Tower, New York, USA, Foster + Partners / Photo: Chuck Choi

FOSTER + PARTNERS

Foster + Partners has never drawn a distinction between architecture and industrial design. The point of contact, the thing that you touch, is as important as the broader vision. The industrial design team has developed a wide range of products from door handles to wind turbines, from a fountain pen to the cabin of an executive jet, from a tap to the fit-out of an ocean yacht.

DATUM is the first porcelain tableware collection designed by Foster + Partners in cooperation with Porzellanmanufaktur FÜRSTENBERG.
MIKE HOLLAND, HEAD OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN, FOSTER + PARTNERS
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Reichstag, Germany

The design of DATUM follows a pure and scrupulous geometry that is particularly difficult to accomplish using porcelain.
STEPHAN HOFMANN, HEAD OF PRODUCTION, PORZELLANMANUFAKTUR FÜRSTENBERG
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The dimensions of the individual pieces are carefully calibrated within a grid matrix creating a direct interplay between them.

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TWO GLAZES –

ONE STYLE

DATUM is available in two versions: One with a classic gloss glaze and the other featuring a matt satin glaze on the external face. The interplay between gloss and matt white expresses the unique tactility, purity and reflectivity of the material.

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The formal geometry and its precise execution enable multiple functionalities and efficient stackability.

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DATUM is synonymous with systematic functionality and pioneering design.

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DATUM’s modular system redefines flexibility – and makes no compromises in terms of design style.

MODULAR

ELEMENTS

DATUM is a modular tableware series that combines a clear design language with exceptional functionality and contemporary flexibility. The plates, cups, mugs and bowls in the series are dimensionally linked, creating an interchangeable and stackable family of tableware.

ARCHITECTURE MEETS

CLASSIC DINING CULTURE

The DATUM porcelain collection melds pioneering product design with a passion for hand craftsmanship to create an unparalleled whole. DATUM is an exclusive and functional porcelain series with a unique form – and has the potential to become a classic. The interplay between the mathematical logic of the design and the sensuality of porcelain is what gives DATUM its unmatched appeal.

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We draw no distinction between architecture and product design. No detail is too small.
MIKE HOLLAND, HEAD OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN, Foster + Partners
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DESIGN

PROCESS

The development of a new porcelain form is always a multi-stage process that balances the priorities of creativity and design with functionality and technical feasibility. Achieving a pure, straight-lined geometry is one of the most exacting production challenges when using porcelain. Based on the detailed technical drawings from the Foster + Partners industrial design team, the master modellers at Porzellanmanufaktur FÜRSTENBERG fashioned plaster models or used 3D-printed models.

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Achieving linearity and right angles in DATUM was the ultimate challenge. With their intense passion for the art of porcelain, our model makers succeeded in making the impossible possible. As a true craft manufactory, this is what we stand for.
STEPHAN HOFMANN, HEAD OF PRODUCTION, PORZELLANMANUFAKTUR FÜRSTENBERG
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PUSHING BACK THE BOUNDARIES

OF THE POSSIBLE

Only a craft manufactory such as FÜRSTENBERG, with its 275 years’ experience in the art of porcelain and with employees who love and live for porcelain, can produce challenging designs such as DATUM in the highest quality.

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VALUE CREATED BY

CRAFTSMANSHIP

DATUM’s linear form is extremely challenging to produce. The strict geometry of each individual piece requires several stages. Translating the design is a feat of craftsmanship, expertise and precision.

TWO BRANDS,

ONE AMBITION

The DATUM porcelain collection fuses groundbreaking product design with passionate craftsmanship. It combines the best of both worlds, a collaboration between the industrial designers at Foster + Partners and the experts at Porzellanmanufaktur FÜRSTENBERG, who have brought specialist expertise in their respective disciplines to the product.

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A CANVAS FOR

CULINARY DELIGHTS

Throughout the development process, the design team sought advice from various internationally renowned chefs, helping to shape the form and functionality of the series. On account of its sophisticated stackability, DATUM also sets the stage for service.

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PORCELAIN

FRENCH PRESS

A sophisticated highlight of the DATUM collection is the porcelain French press coffee pot. The celebrated French press requires the coffee filter to be pushed downwards in a straight line while remaining flush on all edges. Developing a porcelain cylinder with completely straight inner sides represented one of the major challenges for the porcelain manufacturer’s modellers.

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PORCELAIN

TO GO

The ‘To Go’ double-walled take-away mug, made entirely from porcelain, is the first of its kind from FÜRSTENBERG and underscores the new demand for great taste on the go. The two-and-a-half millimetre-thick body is astonishingly light. By virtue of the double-walled design, drinks retain their temperature for longer.

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