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Rosenthal, founded in 1879, is a top German manufacturer of luxury porcelain and other household goods.
Rosenthal was founded in 1879 as a family business. The company founder, Philipp Rosenthal, moved his porcelain painting from North Rhine-Westphalia to Bavaria, where he industrialized in the castle Erkersreuth with his painting workshop. In 1897, Philipp Rosenthal founded the company Bauer, Rosenthal & Co. in Kronach and Philipp Rosenthal & Co. AG. In 1908, Rosenthal bought the Porcelain manufacturer Thomas in Marktredwitz as well as the porcelain company Zeidler & Co. in 1917, which later became known as the Selb-Plößberg brand railway station and today is one of two seats of the Porzellanikon complex of ceramic museums.
In the period of national socialism, Philipp Rosenthal had to withdraw from the enterprise in 1934 because of his Jewish background.
Philip Rosenthal won a pioneering role in the modern product design. In 1960, the Rosenthal Studiohaus was opened in Nuremberg, from which the world's first design chain was built. In 1965 the uniform name Rosenthal Glas & Porzellan AG was elected and shortened to Rosenthal AG in 1969. In 1972, Philip Rosenthal founded the furniture factory Rosenthal Einrichtung in Espelkamp. The furniture factory was renamed in 2009 Philip Möbelmanufaktur GmbH and in 2013 rebranded the Fröscher GmbH & CO. KG. Rosenthal, In collaboration with industrial designers such as Raymond Loewy, Tapio Wirkkala, Elsa Fischer-Treyden, Timo Sarpaneva, Verner Panton and Luigi Colani, created an impressive series of products. Walter Gropius design for Rosenthal the tea service TAC. In 1967, Rosenthal built the so-called "Glassmaker's Cathedral," a factory for the Thomas-Glassworks in Amberg. The Thomas-Glassworks was renamed the Amberg crystal glass factory.
The Rosenthal Archive, a collection of around 15,000 exhibits from 130 years of company history, were purchased by the Oberfranken Foundation on 12 August 2009 and is provided as a permanent loan to the Porzellanikon, the State Museum of Porcelain in Hohenberg an der Eger, Selb. These include nearly all product designs, from the company's foundation to today, as well as originals designed by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Wilhelm Wagenfeld and Walter Gropius.
Eleven prizes were awarded for design during 2016 alone. These included the red dot Design Award for Nightingale, the iF Design Award for Kitchen by Thomas, the German Design Award for Meta, Mitis and Domo, the Good Design Award for Squall and “Kundenliebling 2016” (customers’ favourite) awards, which all attest to the enormous expertise in design and the huge customer focus of Rosenthal GmbH. These contributed to more than 500 prizes and awards which the company has received since it was founded.