09.02.2018 - 13.02.2018 — Hall: 4.0 Stand: A 70
The Cathrineholm ironworks were founded in 1829 outside Halden in southern Norway and enjoyed their heyday in the 1960s and 70s.
Cathrineholm initially made nails, ship chains and castings, in addition to bathtubs and agricultural implements.
In 1907, the factory started up as an enamel works, producing contemporary enameled kitchenware for many years until 1954, when Cathrineholm converted its coarse production in iron to fine production in steel – which quickly proved a success.
It was also in 1954 that Cathrineholm started working with the young Norwegian enamel artist, Grete Prytz Kittelsen (1917–2010), who was born into one of Norway’s leading and most recognised goldsmith dynasties, Tostrup.
It was clear from an early age that Grete Prytz Kittelsen had inherited her father’s and grandfather’s sense of design and innovative thinking. Her work with enamel in particular counts among Norway’s finest and has characterised Norwegian utility art and design history from 1945–65 to the present day.
The characteristic enamel bowls from Cathrineholm found their way into thousands of homes in the 1960s, particularly in Scandinavia and the US. Several of the products from Cathrineholm won gold at the Triennale in Milan in 1957.
The enameled dishes, bowls and pans that Grete Prytz Kittelsen created for Cathrineholm are design icons and coveted collectibles today.
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