A finalist in the Tableware International Awards of Excellence 2022 Fine Dinnerware category, we look at Hering Berlinâ€™s Evolution…
Stefanie Hering has so far designed a total of four porcelain objects, each in white and with four glaze colours, in this unusual form and dÃ©cor. In addition to the coupe plate, there is a shallow bowl in which the ribbed structure extends right up to the rim of the vessel, a bowl with a plastically shaped exterior that feels like a hand caress and a small bowl in the shape of a biomorphic oval.
The decision for this completely new approach to service design was inspired by three-star chef Christian JÃ¼rgens, with whom Hering has worked closely for many years.
JÃ¼rgens asked the table culture expert for a coupe plate with a larger inner surface. A challenge because, as the designer and trained master ceramist explains, â€œit would be too simple to just enlarge the inner surface or make the whole plate bigger. Such an object needs its own line.â€
The result is nothing less than a reinvention of the plate: instead of a rounding that merges with an edge into the edge of the plate, Hering modelled this transition zone with narrower and wider depressions reminiscent of petals. It took a year of product development before this basic idea was condensed into a feasible design concept that could only be realised through pure manual craftsmanship.
Judge’s Comment: â€œStefanie Hering never fails to astonish with the tableware innovations she creates. The shapes and glazes she introduces conjure a bridge between fine dining, everyday casual, and service for gourmet food presentations.â€