Royal Actual by Sam Baron



Designer Sam Baron has created a collection called Royal Actual for Portuguese porcelain manufacturers Vista Alegre.


The range will be launched in at trade show Maison & Object, which begins tomorrow in Paris.


The following information is from Sam Baron:


Vista Alegre is the jewel of Portuguese industry. Founded in 1824, it cooperated closely during the first years of its life with the Manufacturing Royale of Sèvres. Nevertheless its strongest creative relationship was with the Orient.


In fact it was Portugal which created, in the XVI century, the first movement of cultural globalisation in the history of humanity . Indeed, the fact that the Portuguese were the first Europeans to reach the East (China and Japan) allowed-them to manufacture the first porcelain pieces to Europe. Through the hands of the Portuguese, Europe, who had no previous knowledge of the manufacture of porcelain, rapidly began to send their decorations to China, to be painted on pieces of porcelain or china manufactured in the East.


This created the first flux of a bidirectional, cultural and commercial relationship between two extremes of the world, giving rise to a rich heritage of pieces of art, commonly known as parts of the "Company of Indians".


Today,whist maintaining its aesthetic and cultural origins, the Vista Alegre has decided to renew its product range through the commission of contemporary designers. Amongst these is the collection "Royal Actual" by Sam Baron, which will be presented for the first time, on a worldwide level at Maison & Object 2009.


We hope that this collection will promote the fusion between classicism and modernity, as well as the co-existence of Oriental and European shapes, thus expressing a new spirit in which Vista Alegre wishes to present itself to the globalised World.


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Posted on Thursday January 22nd 2009 at 12:23 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • While the crafting is interesting enough, for me it’s the printed work on each piece that really brings these designs together and makes them special. I’d love to have a set, but I’d be to afraid to use them!

  • modular

    No wonder Vista Alegre is bankrupt….

  • Joe

    I love the pop-out details, but functionally these probably will make the dishes unsuitable for anything other than display in a hutch. If you can manage not to break off the ornaments, you still have to try and clean in all those crevices. But other than the funcitonal issues they are very nice.

  • RLS in AZ

    I agree with allVishal and what Joe Says is true.

    But, they are exquisite and I would have to use them on a few special occasions, regardless of the risk involved. Life is short. And they are….

    Exquisite! =’)

  • lana

    well, where’s the problem about cleaning up the “objects”? we’re talking about porcelain, right? so it’s just a matter of washing it up!
    break it? if you knew about Vista Alegre you would know we are talking about quality! and of course, a material like this could be broken anyway! doesn’t have to have these beautiful details to make it more breakable than a simple mug…

    the collection is just beautiful, elegant and timeless.
    the asthetics invites to have a more delicate tea time, or delicate dinner with friends or family. it’s beauuuuutiful…

    i would love to have the set in my collection. and i hope next time i’ll pop in to Portugal i’ll be able to buy at least one mug.

    Vista Alegre is not bankrupt like modular said, and one of the reasons is because they are knowledgeable enough to invest in outstanding designers, quality products and good marketing (for some reason they’re showing the collection in Paris)

    congrats to all involved in these project (designer and company)

  • very elegant and very beautiful!! Great work!

  • Nice .

    Our work seeks a similar path. See examples of objects created in 2007 at link above: