LYNGBY VASE

Time-honoured craftsmanship meets contemporary design

After more than 50 years, the Lyngby Vase is more popular than ever. The classic Lyngby vase is the one most people particularly associate with Lyngby Porcelæn. The white cylindrical vase, with its distinctive grooves, is a symbol of modern functionalism in the history of Danish porcelain. Back in 1936, the Danish Porcelain Manufactory – Lyngby Porcelæn was established in Kongens Lyngby. Over time, the design became more functional, with the Lyngby vase leading sales in the 1930s. The factory was equipped with the latest technology, laying the foundation for the design heritage we know today. The Danish Porcelain Manufactory – Lyngby Porcelæn closed in 1969 and remained frozen in time until 2012, when the Danish Porcelain Manufactory – Lyngby Porcelæn rose again and is today behind the relaunch of the iconic designs, now recreated with the utmost care and respect for the design heritage.

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Production over the years

Türingen, Germany, is the site of the factory that produces a piece of Danish history in its original form and style – the classic Lyngby Vase with grooves in the same white shade of porcelain as in the 1960s. Today, production is at full throttle, as a continuation of the Danish traditions from the Danish Porcelain Manufactory – Lyngby Porcelæn factory. The old Lyngby factory was in production from 1936 up until 1969, making everything from dinner services to vases and artisan pieces. After 1969 and up until 2012, the vase was no longer produced, but a groundswell of interest surrounded it. Over the years, the vase has been a collector’s item, until 2012, since when it has been produced in many different sizes and colours and, as something entirely new, also in a variety of colours in mouth-blown glass.

Producing the Lyngby vase truly demands heart and soul. The majority of the elements are hand-made, so each vase tells a unique story. As a finishing touch, a hand-printed green monogram is applied to the bottom of each Lyngby Porcelæn product, indicating a high-quality product and a design icon fit to become an heirloom.

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Quality takes time

The actual production process starts with making the moulds at the factory. The mould can be used approximately 50 times until the edges lose their sharpness. The new mould is prepared on a lathe; the centre and each groove are made by hand. As the vases shrink during both the first and the second firing, the moulds have to be 17% bigger than the vases.

The majority of work processes are carried out by hand, and there is a specialist for each work process. This craft requires precision.

Once the moulds are ready, the porcelain mass is mixed and transported through extensive tubing systems and hoses to fill the moulds. Forty moulds at a time are filled to the edges. Because the moulds absorb some of the mass, they have to be filled to the edges twice.  Once the water has receded enough from the porcelain mass, you are left with the exact thickness of the vase. Then they have to be allowed to dry, and the sides must be removed from the moulds. 

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Once the vases are ready, they are polished and wiped over with a sponge and water. Everything is examined and quality-assured before they are transported to the first firing. To prevent the vases from cracking, the first firing must not take place within 48 hours. The vase goes into the kiln for 10 hours at 930°C. Next, each vase is dusted off and the characteristic green monogram is applied to the base. Then the vase has to be glazed. The application of the glaze requires good timing, as it is a difficult process. 

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After the vase is glazed, the glaze is washed off the bottom of the vase to prevent it from adhering during the second firing. Here, the vase is fired again for 12 hours at a temperature of 1,390°C – hot enough to bind the glaze to the porcelain. During the second firing, the vase shrinks an amazing 13–14% and may become deformed and out of alignment.

In the final stage of manufacture, the bottom is ground completely smooth. Before the vase is packed for transport, there is a final quality control, after which the flawless vase leaves the factory. If the vase is to have a colour, a third firing is required, for 3–4 hours at 1,150°C to fix the colour.

Everything is done at the factory, and each process is just as important as the previous one and the next one.

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    Monogram

    The stamp has evolved over time but all vases are stamped on the bottom with “DANMARK LYNGBY”

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    Firing at high heat

    In the kiln, vases can be seen on their way through the last firing before they are ready for the shops.

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    Down to the finest detail

    It is important to remove the vases from the mould at just the right time so they retain the correct thickness before being left to dry for 48 hours.

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    Fired at 930 degrees

    These vases are on their way to their first firing, which takes 10 hours.

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    Spray-lacquering

    Vases not destined for painting but which are to be sprayed arrive at a special spraying department, where they will take on a matt appearance.

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