The handwriting of a team The speziell design agency seeks what is special in the ordinary. When Sybille Fleckenstein, Jens Pohlmann and Thilo Schwer founded their design agency in 2002, they called it speziell (special) in order to express their aim of seeking a unique, surprising and special solution for every project. The three product designers believe in the strength of a design process to which different team members contribute their different experiences and priorities. This enables pithy solutions to be created which focus not on an individual's ego but on a jointly discovered approach. These are subtle designs that display exceptional functionality, allow emotional aspects to be incorporated, are thought out in detail and for which a holistic concept can be found that fits in exactly with the brand and company. It is this handwriting of the team that provides the designs of speziell with a strong and self-contained character but without ever appearing artificial or exaggerated. The speziell design agency has became known internationally above all through its innovative surface design for the Thuringian porcelain manufacturer Kahla: The flock elements on plain white porcelain caused a stir in the sector and also significantly enhanced the company's brand awareness. Prizes speziell received for “Touch” included the Red Dot Best of the Best and the if-Award. The focus of the design agency's work lies in the furniture, kitchen and bathroom areas; the projects range from lighting to office furniture and from porcelain sets to trade fair stands and have received numerous design awards.
|Dishwasher Safe: Yes||Material: Porcelain|
|Microwave Safe: Yes||Pattern: Solid color|
|Product Type: Dinner plate||Shape: Round|
|Country of Manufacture: Germany|
Kahla Tao 9.1" Deep Plate
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For Kahla, innovation means producing solutions that go beyond inflexible processes and the conventions of yesterday. Solutions that are produced economically, ecologically and are ultimately affordable. With this challenge, Kahla has set out to create a new dimension to eating, to enjoyment and to hospitality. By means of design competitions and workshops Kahla is in a permanent dialogue with a host of ambitious avant-garde minds. The fact that Kahla are asked again and again by young innovative designers to enter into partnerships proves to us that we know what you want.
More than 40 design prizes in ten years – two numbers that underscore KAHLA/Thüringen Porzellan’s success story. In 2003 alone Kahla won an impressive ten awards, for the most part for our product design, but their marketing activities and packaging were also singled out for glory. Kahla is rightly proud of the numerous red dot awards and German Designer Club prizes. Kahla is particularly pleased that their porcelain even picked up awards in the USA (in 2004 in the renowned IDEA competition) and in 1999 and 2002 the Good Design Award in Japan.