Broste Copenhagen has a history that dates back to 1955 and is one of the leading interior brands in Scandinavia.
From their base in Copenhagen, the dynamic and creative Broste team is constantly working on developing the range, travelling the globe discovering new inspiration and materials. They create exactly the right balance between Nordic tradition and current trends.
Focus is on the high quality of the product and the well-known Broste Copenhagen signature is always incorporated in the final design. The processing is gentle so the original feel of the material and its character remain intact.
When creating tableware the Broste designers find inspiration from all things Nordic, including the weather, landscape, sea or cities. The designs are a blend of classic vitality with a modern edge.
Degrenne Paris has a long and very interesting history. It was founded in 1948 by the visionary goldsmith Guy Degrenne, who had the idea of using the recovered armoured steel of abandoned tanks from the beaches of Normandy after WW11, to produce stamping dies for stainless steel cutlery. The company went from strength to strength, increased in size and beautiful ranges of tableware, glassware and hotelware were natural additions.
As well as being a household name in France, Degrenne's presence can be seen worldwide. The knowledge and passion cultivated by all Degrenne craftsmen translates to the high quality products. The pursuit of excellence and the love of work well done characterises this design house.
Professional chefs around the globe have been using Degrenne's hard wearing tableware for many years and its collections have dressed the most stunning tables.
Manufactured to the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship in sites across France, the Degrenne trademark is one associated with style and elegance.
Kinto was established in 1972 as a wholesaler of tableware in Shiga, Japan. They eventually began to develop their own products with a passion to bring comfort and inspiration to everyday life. Since 2010 their products have been exported worldwide.
They truly understand and value the balance between usability and aesthetics, with well thought out designs being both practical, easy to use and stylish at the same time.
Kinto aspires to create products that stand by you in your everyday life. This is why the designers continue to seek inspiration from moments and stories held precious by its users. Kinto work to create products which will inspire and give fulfilment with every touch and use.
A-journal is a young and enthusiastic stationery brand based in the Netherlands. It is a result of their deep affection for stationery and a true need for structuring their days in ink and paper, guided by a clean Dutch design.
Danish brand Stelton, established in 1960, is well renowned for its innovative and practical designs. It has been responsible for the release of iconic products such as Arne Jacobsen's Cylinda Line collection and Erik Magnussen's EM77 Vacuum Jug. Stelton collaborates with carefully selected international designers and architects with the ambition to create timeless and functional designs that make everyday life a bit more beautiful.
Holmegaard produces mouth-blown and machine-blown glass in accordance with the latest and most advanced production methods. Each piece of mouth-blown glass is unique and hand-made by the glass blower, who carefully blows the right amount of glass through the narrow tube. Machine-blown glass is of the same high quality and elegance as mouth-blown glass but is machine produced, using exclusive, specially made tools.
This very well renowned Danish glassworks was born in 1825, producing only green bottles to start, then progressing to clear glass tumblers. During the 20th century Holmegaard started using artists to design and shape their products. That is a tradition that has continued on to today, with some of the best artists in Denmark associated with the stylish, beautiful glassware in production.
The Danish ceramics company Kähler has long been renowned world-wide for its Nordic design and gastronomy. Kähler holds great respect for its more than 175 year old heritage and tradition which is described as a brand universe in which all are welcome, where the emphasis is on authentic experience. Many talented Danish artists and ceramic painters have been affiliated with the historic Kähler workshop.
Today, Kähler collaborates with significant and skilled designers as it strives to combine its unique cultural heritage with the ambition to be a leader on the ceramic arts scene, interpreting it in a contemporary light. All ceramic products are handmade, individually created according to Kähler’s craft traditions.
The Bitz tableware and accessory collections have been developed in close collaboration with Christian Bitz, who has a background in the field of nutritional science and research. Christian is a well-known figure in his homeland of Denmark where he appears regularly on television programmes as a nutrition and health expert. He has been involved with research projects at hospitals in Denmark and the development of more nutritional meals for patients. He is also the author of several bestseller books on the subject of nutrition.
Branching out into tableware is another string to Christian's bow. The collections are constantly expanding and are proving to be extremely successful, with tactile materials, stunning glazes and contemporary shapes.
H. Skjalm P. was established back in 1953 when husband and wife team Hagbarth Skjalm Petersen and Lisbeth Westergaard opened a retail store in Copenhagen.
It soon had a reputation for being ahead of its time and was where design-conscious Copenhagers went to acquire the latest homewares, applied art and kitchen utensils. The shop was always the first to introduce new colours, shapes and graphic expressions.
H. Skjalm P. has developed over the years into a recognised design brand. It has its own design team who are ever mindful of the founders philosophy “innovative design made from natural materials of high quality with a Scandinavian look”.
Linda Bloomfield is a leading author and proponent of British studio ceramics with her tableware ranges found at the Royal Albert Hall amongst others. She uses a tactile satin glaze on the outside and colour on the inside. Linda makes her own range of glazes and is particularly interested in the translucent colours obtained using oxides rather than commercial stains. She has written several books on glazes and teaches a course on colour in glazes at Forest Row School of Ceramics.
Linda's work has been exampled on Channel 4's Great British Throw Down and, to this day, continues to create in her studio in west London and exhibits widely in the world of craft and design.
Serax is the brainchild of Serge and Axel Van Den Bossche. Two brothers who were brought up amidst the flowerpot trade in their mother’s business. Over the past thirty years, the small-scale business that started up in a garage in 1986 has grown into a multinational with over 65 employees and a head office in Antwerp.
Serax makes your home look more beautiful, adds personality to your interior, and creates unforgettable moments at the dining table. They only work with passionate designers all over the globe. From Vietnam through Antwerp to Portugal, their products are manufactured exclusively by skilled craftsmen who respect the basic idea of each design.
When founder Axel met ceramic artist Roos van de Velde in 2009, he wasn’t aware that this encounter would change the future of his company forever. After the launch of her tableware collection, starred restaurants from all over the world suddenly lined up to order from Serax. Today, Serax is the number one reference for Michelin chefs to provide them with the necessary creative porcelain or ceramics that enhance the aesthetics of their dishes.
"PLAYGROUND represents the pure joy of experimentation – a declaration of love for the art of culinary presentation. Intuitive, humorous and professional. In that sense, PLAYGROUND brings into play an entertaining and varied product range that is regularly updated. It combines the latest trends in food presentation with a repertoire of exciting, sometimes bold accessories and items made from a diverse range of materials.
PLAYGROUND is run by a team of trend scouts who are constantly expanding the PLAYGROUND arsenal.
We run PLAYGROUND from our base in Germany. More precisely, from Selb in North Bavaria. Our partners around the world bring the concept of PLAYGROUND to a global audience together with its varied and fresh range of new items and accessories.
Our credo: No limits – just make it WOW!"