Midweek Modness: Rosti Denmark

rosti and roscan

One of the first things I started collecting when I first moved out of the parental home was melamine. This hard-wearing plastic was introduced after WWII, when other raw materials were in short supply.

A Danish company called Rosti (an amalgam of founders Rolf Fahrenholtz and Stig Jørgensen’s names) were big fans of melamine and, in the early 1950s, they contracted Danish architect Acton Bjørn and Swedish prince and industrial designer Sigvard Bernadotte of the firm Bernadotte & Bjørn to come up with some designs that incorporated this wonder material. Their result was the Margrethe mixing bowl.

This subtle vessel has become one of the most iconic of mid-century Danish designs. It’s still in production today. It also has had many knock offs (like the white pitcher by Roscan pictured above). Still this pair of brown bowls are the first originals that I have found in my thrifting days. The smaller bowl bears the old-time Rosti mark, meaning it was probably manufactured in the 1960s.

Fun Fact: The bowl was named after Jørgensen’s niece and the current queen of Denmark, Queen Margrethe.