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More than 50 years after Herbert Krenchel, the materials researcher and civil engineer, designed the Krenit-bowl, the original minimalist design has been re-launched by Normann Copenhagen in a variety of colours. Krenit is a perfect example of good Danish design and became a true icon over the years.
With its simple, pure appearance, Krenit is a modern classic that perfectly embodies the interplay between aesthetic and function. The characteristic sharp edge of the Krenit bowl creates a balance between material and form and thereby offers a modern expression to the bowl. The shape was groundbreaking at the time, and influenced many later designs of bowls. The bowl is just as modern today as it was in the 1950s.
Herbert Krenchel explains: "In 1953 the idea was to make a beautiful bowl, preferably so functional and delicate that it was equally suited for use in the kitchen, on the dining table and as a decoration in the sitting room. As a material researcher I really concentrated on getting the different materials to match and look good together as well as making them equally compatible to use together."
The Krenit bowl was introduced in 1953 after a long lasting search for the right manufacturing procedure. It soon became very popular and a clear has been exhibited in several museums all over the world and it also found a place in uncountable Danish designer homes.
In the post-war years there was a higher interest for this beautiful, high quality design. The production of the classic Krenit bowl however, was stopped in 1966. Today Normann Copenhagen manufactures the bowls in different sizes and colours.