Since design studio Think Fabricate is based in Brooklyn, and all of its designs are created and manufactured in the borough, it makes sense that Think Fabricate should create at least a few pieces that pay homage to the borough. That's exactly what the company did when it created the Brooklyn Plates — the company's first foray into working with china.
Originally produced as a limited edition to coordinate with the company’s display at last year's BKLYN DESIGNS, Brooklyn Plates is a set of transfer-printed, coup-style dinner plates, featuring aerial views of Brooklyn from the late 1800s.
According to Jason Gorsline, cofounder of Think Fabricate, “Since our first collection of furniture included a wall-mounted display cabinet, it seemed fitting that we design a special group of plates to adorn the shelves and show our connection to Brooklyn, where we live and work.”
This new line will be launched during 7 W New York Tabletop Week, where they will be on display at Gallery on Six (Suite 604) from April 12-15. A set of plates have also been accepted into the Brooklyn Museum's permanent decorative arts collection.
Keep reading to see a closeup of one of the plates, and find out how to order a set for your home.
Each of the three transferware plates features a portion of a lithographic print by Currier and Ives dating back to 1879, showing a “balloon view” of Brooklyn with its south and west waterfront in the foreground.
The three details from the map used on the plates illustrate the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights, and the Navy Yard with Wallabout Bay in the foreground. The reverse side of the each coupe-style plate depicts the Think Fabricate logo – a composition of two overlapping heads forming a light bulb. The color of the plates is the same blue that is featured in its logo, too.
Susan Doban, cofounder of Think Fabricate, explains, “It’s a bit more intense and rich than a traditional Wedgewood blue, giving the historical imagery on the plates a more modern appearance. In our interior design and architectural projects, we often find that the right color can make an important impact and breathe new life into a historical space.”
She added that, “The set of plates, like much of our work, is the result of a collaborative effort, sparked by a strong personal interest. I have always been fascinated by the ornament used on plates, which are essentially an utilitarian item, but can take on the character of an art object.
Transfer printing can be traced to mid-18th-century England where consumers called for an affordable alternative to labor-intensive, costly, hand-painted china. The traditional transferware process involves engraving a decorative image into a copper plate, which is inked with ceramic ink and printed onto special tissue paper. The paper is then transferred to the ceramic piece, which is then glazed and fired to permanently set the design.
Want a set for your casa? Contact Think Fabricate to order.