Welcome to HAV – a journey to the Horizon


Artiklen bringes kun på engelsk – Royal Copenhagen has just launched HAV – a dinnerware representing a timeless now.

HAV is a distinctive, new dinner set, created in close collaboration with architect Bjarke Ingels, industrial designer Lars Holme Larsen, and design philosopher Jens Martin Skibsted.

HAV is deeply embedded in the tradition of Royal Copenhagen, while simultaneously reaching towards the future, challenging the traditional idea of what a dinner set is supposed to be.

Each item of HAV serves a multifunctional purpose, creating a unique dinner set that represents a modern and multi-faceted interpretation of conscious luxury. It underlines a design vision of simplicity by offering a multifunctional dinner set with sustainable aesthetics.

The expression especially represented in the three profile items; the hybrid bowl, the teapot and the carafe, is both abstract and organic with the asymmetries adding a special character to the products and stretch the boundaries of what is feasible in porcelain production.

Nine objects
The dinner set consists of nine objects, including the masterpiece teapot ornamented with an elegant bronze handle, a uniquely shaped hybrid bowl and carafe, a thermal mug, plates of two different sizes, and three different sizes of bowls – all with scales that can be seen and felt.

The design draws references to the history of Royal Copenhagen through the blue colour, the scaled pattern and the endearing signature of the three blue waves.

HAV means ocean
With a dream of a timeless now, Royal Copenhagen and HAV broaden the scope of what constitutes modern-day dining traditions. The dinner set is named HAV, the Danish word for ocean.

It honours the porcelain manufacturer’s iconic signature of three blue waves, a mark of fine craftsmanship and Danish porcelain art that symbolises the three Danish straits; the Sound (Øresund), the Great Belt (Storebælt) and the Little Belt (Lillebælt).

Something very new
HAV reflects a present where luxury is defined by quality, connectedness, responsible consumption, and tastefulness in all aspects of life.

“We wanted to create a new and accessible dinnerware – a set that could be used by everyone and for all purposes. Our ambition was to reinterpret our heritage and bring it into the future. We wanted to create something completely new while at the same time stay true to our craftsmanship and DNA,” says Niels Bastrup, Creative Director at Royal Copenhagen.

Seagull inspiration
HAV is inspired by one of Royal Copenhagen’s classic dinner sets, Seagull by Fanny Garde, which has a distinct fish scale ornamentation depicted in a mix between a blue and greenish black colour that resembles the coastline shrouded in the morning mist.

By using an airbrush hand-spray painting technique, the scale decoration on HAV appears elegant in its tactility and modern in its expression. While HAV embodies its Royal Copenhagen heritage, the ornamentation has been cut to a minimum and serves a function, stimulating the senses:

“There is a form of non-verbal communication to it and the patterns are designed closer together in the places where you would naturally hold onto the objects”, explains Bjarke Ingels, and Jens Martin Skibsted continues:

“The fish scales, that is the core of the decoration, was not only meant to have an ornamental purpose but also ensure that you get a better grip on the products”.

10 yeas in the making
The collaboration between Royal Copenhagen and architect Bjarke Ingels, industrial designer Lars Holme Larsen, and design philosopher Jens Martin Skibsted, began in 2009, and now, after 10 years in the making, the dinner set sees the light of day.

By bringing together the creative forces of the design collaborative, formerly known as KiBiSi, with the talented designers of Royal Copenhagen, HAV combines the best of different fields in one shared design vision.

The dinner set is a true testament to the dedication to quality and the art of impeccable craftsmanship unanimous with Royal Copenhagen.