Kitchen Luxuries: No 1

I have posted about Kitchen Essentials.  Now is the turn of my Kitchen Luxuries – items I once dreamed of owning and a few of which are now are in daily use in our kitchen and at table.  We start with Thomas TC100 tableware.

I was always taken by the stacking device built into the Thomas TC100 series.  The design had its roots in the Ulm School of Design and became a classic in the 60s.  Thomas offered huge ranges of  decorative and attractive chinaware in Germany – few German homes are without Thomas chinaware - but the TC100 series was restricted to professionals, with the specialist cookstore David Mellor in London being an exclusive outlet.

Breakages were easily and inexpensively replaced.  That is until Mellor and the sole UK catering importer delisted TC100 – David Mellor having assured me that would never happen.  Thomas itself, it seems from calls I’ve made over the last two years, have ceased manufacture TC100.

News just in from a reader is that TC100 is to be made again in China, under the keen eye of Roericht.  I’m told that first photos look good. Thank you avid collector of TC100, Andy Weed, for that – he found me on Google.

We use TC100 daily – it’s our chinaware – fearful now that a replacement is only possible by a trip to the MoMA. That’s the Museum of Modern Art in New York – today the only stockist.  I am serious. Actually even this may not be 100% true – it could be that they feature TC100 as classic design and stop there.  Now we must wait on China to deliver, so making original pieces all the more prized.  We just have to relax and hope for a steady hand to and from table.

The Bauhaus gave us so much and TC100 is just one of the many gifts and delights that the I would have loved to have been present at Bauhaus and Ulm in those heady years where Modernism was unleashed on a cosy world of art nouveau, art deco, style Liberty and other pedestrian movements. Modernism had poor pick up in England, with few exceptions, but most Western Europeans welcomed it into their lives with arms spread wide.

TC100 was designed for use on an industrial scale and has promoted itself through fine design principles to fine tableware – where beauty that comes from simplicity elevates the ordinary object onto a higher plane. A simple black lacquered ‘Brick’ screen designed by the iconic Irish designer, Eileen Gray, fetched 1.4m Euro’s at a Paris auction last month.  TC100, with MoMA’s blessing must be on that crazy spiral – if there’s any left to auction. 

I feel a trip to New York coming on later this year to replace breakages, or just view their collection.  Meanwhile, please take care in our kitchen.

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