Make a table setting evocative of a meadow with a full Poppy dinner service, or combine individual items with the classic white Hammershøi dinner service that you may already have in your cupboard. You could also play around with positioning plates, bowls and cups – there are lots of ways of arranging them to create a wide variety of styles for your table setting.
The poppy is a flower that embodies both great strength and vulnerability. It is found throughout the countryside in Denmark, bravely standing firm against the elements, but as soon as it’s picked, it becomes delicate and quickly drops its petals. Designer Rikke Jacobsen found inspiration in these opposing qualities, which give the poppy its unique poetry and grace.
- Rikke Jacobsen, designer
The hand-painted watercolours have the familiar, naturalistic feel of classic botanical drawings, with an impressive level of detail that creates a sense of life and movement on the cups, bowls and plates in the Poppy dinner service. Rikke Jacobsen depicts the entire lifecycle of the poppy from bud to flower, and also captures the beauty of the stem as it twines, and nourishes and strengthens the delicate flower petals. Allowing the stem to unexpectedly take centre stage creates an artistic style underlined by the asymmetrical placement of the motifs on the various parts of the dinner service, which are carefully staged to surprise and create vibrancy..
Rikke Jacobsen has chosen the delicate pink poppy for her watercolours to emphasise the fragility and grace of the flower. It has a classic, elegant and Nordic feel – just like the Hammershøi dinner service that acts as a canvas.
To turn a hand-painted watercolour into a motif on a plate, the same process and technique is used as in lithography: the colours are transferred individually, and it takes a total of ten different layers to build up a poppy print. The motif is under the glaze, so it’s well protected from abrasion.
Poppy is a continuation of the popular Hammershøi range, which has more than 200 variants. The range was created by Hans-Christian Bauer, a Norwegian designer known for combining the warmth and uniqueness of ceramics with a rational, contemporary idiom.
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