Spanish Steppes: Lladró Porcelain



By Jenny Shears

Porcelain maker Lladró shows its in-house designers can go deep with contemporary design.

Their move to bring in designer fellow Spaniard Jaime Hayon as creative consultant may be the thing garnering them all the press, but the in-house design team at Lladró proves they’ve also got the stuff to keep the company cool with porcelain lovers of the more conceptual tastes with their 2012 Estratos Collection.  

Inspired by the multi-colored layers of soil of the Earth’s strata, Lladro’s designers pushed the envelope of this natural phenomena to it’s Pucci-esque limits, creating an interpretation of overlapping geometric shapes and vivid but condensed color palettes. The forms themselves are restricted to a modest vase, storage box and two lamps, offered in a few size variations. 

Lladró continues to keep the ingredients of their original hard-paste porcelain locked up tight, a secret that’s been speculated on since it’s founding by the Lladró brothers in 1953 in a village near Valencia, Spain. Continuing to break new grounds in surface color and effect, the artists used a special combination of paste and pigment to achieve the collection’s look of flat, but ultra-vivid ink, on the surface. With effects this powerful but elegant, it goes to show that some secrets are worth keeping.


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