Rorstrand Ostindia

Ostindia; voted “Service of the Century” in Sweden, owes its existence to hidden treasure. After a ship returning from China sank off Gothenburg in 1746 a fragment of china from the cargo somehow ended up in a cupboard at the Rörstrand factory. Many years later in 1932 factory manager Knut Almström’s wife spotted it and uttered the famous words, “Knut, I think it might be worth making something out of this…”. And so a shard of Chinese porcelain became the model for an iconic Rörstrand design. Ostindia’s rebellious cousin, Ostindia Floris, patterned with dense foliage that spreads its tendrils over the porcelain like a veil, was introduced in 2012. Now young Ostindia Floris is already well on its way to writing its own page in Swedish design history.

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