Here at Dotmaison, we love the clean and elegant appearance of the best in Nordic design. Kähler is certainly a name that many associate with the finest qualities of Scandinavian style. Here we take a look at the history of the company and how it rose to become one of the most respected names in international homeware creation.
(Above the Hammershøi Floor Vase)
Kähler first began production of its famous pottery vases over 175 years ago. Since then, it has built up a reputation for providing stylish and practical pieces to showcase a love of artistry, craft and design.
It was in 1839 that Herman J. Kähler opened up his first pottery workshop in the Danish city of Næstved. However, it was his son, Herman A. Kähler, who really got the ball rolling in terms of public recognition and growth of the business. When he took over the Kählersbakken in 1875, after a period of artistic training and travel, he put the emphasis on international relations and getting the brand out into the wider arena.
(Above – the Hammershoi Flower Pot, Unglazed)
Soon enough, word of the workshops’ sublime hand-crated items hit the news both in Denmark and further afield. Kähler was an ambitious man and was enthusiastic in his marketing of the products, ensuring that his initials HAK were to be inscribed at the base of the items. This tradition continues to this very day.
As the years went on, Kähler became interested in making use of different finishes and experimenting with coloured glazes. Informed and influenced by fellow artist friends and colleagues, he developed various striking styles both with and without glaze, including the artfully finished vases that are perhaps the best known of the design houses’ work.
(Above – the Hammershøi dry spice grinders)
Today, it is possible to experience the depth of the workshops’ lasting legacy in the beautifully authentic homeware designs. There is a wide range of products to explore under the Kähler umbrella, taking in everything from vases, flower pots and jugs to kitchen paper holders and dishes. All of them have a clear aesthetic in common; clean, clear lines with clear glaze over premium ceramic material.
(Above – the Omaggio Vases, Rose)
What is more than evident is that the company continues to create designs built to last. Its products have a sure place in the home of everyone looking for quality design and production. With a classic sense of tradition and tried and tested craftsmanship, Kähler is a name to inspire confidence and reassurance.