Krenit, a mid-century-modern icon, re-launched…


You may have seen them in vintage design stores, at online auctions or even in magazines featuring hip retro decorations. Until today, it has been almost impossible to get your hands on an original Krenit bowl. With Normann Copenhagen re-launching the Krenit bowls in iron with enamel, the story continues and Krenit is once more accessible for lovers of design throughout the world.

More than 50 years after Herbert Krenchel, the materials researcher and civil engineer, designed the Krenit-bowl, the original minimalist design has been re-launched by Normann Copenhagen. The Krenit-bowl is a perfect example of good Danish design and through the years it has become a design icon.

Designed in 1953, the name Krenit is a combination of the name Krenchel and eternit (a fiber cement which is used for the coating on the bowl’s outside). The bowl has a distinct design with its matt black outside, thin edge and clear colored enamel inside. In 1954, the bowl won a gold medal for its unique design in Triennalen (Milan, Italy). Up until the production stopped in 1966 the bowl had been produced in more than 1 million units.

Herbert Krenchel explains: “In 1953 the idea was to make a beautiful bowl, preferably so functional and delicate that it was equally suited for use in the kitchen, on the dining table and as a decoration in the sitting room. As a material researcher I really concentrated on getting the different materials to match and look good together as well as making them equally compatible to use together. Enamel is a fantastic material, and even today my heart yearns for an enamel bowl. It is fantastic that the Krenit bowl is coming into production once more”.


With its re-launch, enthusiasts can supplement their current collection and new Krenit lovers can start their own collection. In the first instance Krenit is going to be re-launched in two sizes. One of these named “badekarret” (English translation: “the bath tub”) due to its great size (H 4.7”  Ø 15”), has not been in production previously. Both bowls may be obtained in three colors: the well-known white ones along with completely new colors; dark green and dark blue selected between Herbert Krenchel and Normann Copenhagen.

Herbert Krenchel was born in 1922 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Krenit bowls are available at Vertigo Home.




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