Available in both the U.S. and Europe, the Ole Jensen Collection for Danish design label Room Copenhagen includes storage, cooking and serving products: containers, bowls, cups, jugs, plates and kitchen utensils.

Jensen is a ceramicist and the pieces, produced mostly in melamine, began as ceramics.

Jensen spent months doing hand drawings and throwing “claysketches” on the wheel.

Inspired by function and material, Jensen asked himself questions about how each piece would relate to the human body, how it would be gripped, poured, stacked, and so forth.

This is a Jensen classic that was included in the collection, an unusual clamshell-like colander he created in 1995.

After Jensen shaped all the models in clay, engineer Jens Knudstup Trolle scanned and digitized the shapes, working closely with Jensen to translate their handmade expression into the final industrial pieces.

Small clay models serve as color samples.

Jensen was designing the collection in the spring and summer, at a time when he had begun working in his garden. “Usually I’m not very inspired by the banal nature around me, but because the expression of the series is quite unpretentious, I thought it was legitimate to be inspired by the garden’s colors.”

Plastic Dishes That Look Like Ceramic

This new line of Danish kitchenware may be made of plastic, but it began as hand-thrown pottery.

The problem with plastic kitchenware is that is looks so...plastic. So while three-year-old Danish design brand Room Copenhagen wanted to make its latest kitchen collection out of durable materials, they also wanted to give it a handmade feel. They picked Ole Jensen.

“I am a ceramicist,” says Jensen. So even though the Ole Jensen for Room Copenhagen collection includes melamine storage, cooking, and serving products, the designer spent months making hand-drawn and hand-thrown “claysketches” on the wheel at a 1:1 scale, testing function and expression, making tweaks and, later, adjustments in relation to the tools of production.

Jensen, who says he “works as a craftsman in a pretty analog way,” asked himself questions about each piece in connection to the human body: how each would be gripped, poured, whisked, stacked. While hand shaping and hand-painting these models, he composed the collection not just by shape but through color, plucking hues from his own garden.

Finally, engineer Jens Knudstup Trolle scanned and digitized each clay model, working closely with Jensen to translate the handmade expression to the final industrial pieces. “Instead of a single ‘style’ for the different functions,” Jensen says, “I like very much if the items can be different relative to one another—more like mobile creatures than architecture in table format.”

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