Traditional craftsmanship from Ment

New teapot in colored porcelain is the product of old, Norwegian traditions and craftsmanship

It's no secret that good craftsmanship and good materials have always worked well. If you add inspiration from nature and Norwegian traditions, you have Ment's design philosophy. The design brand is now launching new additions to the Krum series consisting of a teapot, serving boards and a cup holder that matches Ment's existing Krum Teacup. The products have been developed in collaboration with the Norwegian design talent Erlend Søderlund.

A fateful cooperation
Since its splendid start in 2012, Ment has had a design workshop and production in an old abandoned ski factory at Fåberg in Norway, and therefore the meeting with the young talent Erlend Søderlund seems to be destiny.

In addition to being raised in a wooden house in the woods outside Lillehammer, Erlend has developed techniques in his study at the Architecture and Design College in Oslo, which makes it possible to bend whole pieces of wood - according to the same principle as they once bowed in the woods on the sheep farm at Fåberg.

Common understanding of materials
When it turned out that Erlend also shared the same philosophy as MENT with regard to materials and crafts, the road to cooperation was very short. Erlend believes we have a lot to learn from the crafts traditions.

- Combining wood with china, and especially the porcelain Ment has developed on Fåberg, gives a whole new dimension to the work, explains Erlend about the cooperation.

The products tell the story of traditional craft techniques, inspiration from nature and innovative design production in Norway.

- Wood and porcelain are materials with different properties, which allows for the development of products with multiple functionalities. I appreciate being allowed to work with Sidsel and Ingvild. Both the material and their design language are unique, and the local production at Fåberg is a good and important example of the fact that production in Norway today is fully possible.

Meaningful handmade additions
The new products complement Ment's design language and existing collection in the best way: The handmade teapot is, with its oval chubby shape in porcelain and hand-knuckled swollen can of ash, a natural addition to the series. The teapot is fitted with a plug in cork and ash wood, is available in the new color leafy green and, like all other Krum series products, is made of colored porcelain.

The co-operation has also resulted in a serving tray in ash wood, available in two sizes, as well as a cup holder, which is also made of ash wood, and fits Ment's existing Krum Teacup.

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