The new limited edition collection by Villeroy&Boch is the result of a “Design Challenge” contest.
These objects were created by designers and artists from Luxembourg and are produced in the atelier of Villeroy&Boch’s porcelain manufacture in Rollingergrund, a district of Luxembourg City. These decorative items are the winning designs of the “Design Challenge” contest initiated by Villeroy&Boch and Luxinnovation in 2014.
For this purpose five of the country’s artists and designers were invited to take part in the competition and developed a concept within only a few weeks. From the very beginning of the process, the artists exchanged ideas with specialists from the manufacture and the company’s marketing and sales departments as well as the collectors and experts at Luxinnovation and the Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art.
A jury composed of members of Villeroy&Boch and Luxinnovation chose three of the five projects: “Luxembourg City Casket”, by Anne Kieffer, “Magical Mullerthal Jewellery Box”, by Trixi Weis, and “Old Luxembourg Coffeepot in Motion”, by Christophe de la Fontaine.
François Boch, from Lorraine, in modern France, was a royal cannon caster before beginning the production of ceramic tableware in 1748. In 1766, his son, Pierre-Joseph, submitted a request to the Austrian government for permission to found a factory in the province of Luxembourg, one of the Bochs’ early key markets.
In Septfontaines, a valley not far from the fortress of Luxembourg, “Jean-François Boch et Frères” began early industrial series production in 1767. The new factory, bearing the title “Manufacture Impériale et Royale”, quickly grew into the country’s first large company. Tableware from the Bochs was generally referred to as “Luxembourg-style”.
Pierre-Joseph BochNikolas VilleroyJean-François Boch
Villeroy&Boch S.à.r.l. Luxembourg’s headquarters is located in Rollingergrund, in the heart of the City of Luxembourg. The Hotel & Restaurant division controls most of its activities from here. The historic Chateau des Septfontaines, which belongs to the historic location of Villeroy&Boch S.à.r.l., is now a listed historical monument and is available to hire for receptions and events.
Even today, work at the factory in the Rollingergrund still uses the “méthode traditionnelle” – selected individual pieces are lovingly finished by hand. And that’s how it has been for eight generations.
SECTION of a ceramic furnace from the first half of the 19th century
Old Luxembourg TUREEN