LINCK CERAMICS WAS FOUNDED IN 1942 BY ARTIST MARGRIT LINCK IN BERN. TODAY THE POTTERS FOLLOW TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES IN CREATING THE UNMISTAKABLE TRADEMARK DESIGNS BY MARGRIT LINCK – EACH MANUFACTURED ENTIRELY BY HAND ON TRADITIONAL POTTER TURNTABLES. THE COLLECTION FEATURES LAMPS, VASES, BOWLS AND DISHES – ALL REFLECTING ON A CLEAR AND CALM PRESENCE, INTEGRATING INTO ALL ENVIRONMENTS AS UNIQUE INVESTMENT PIECES
Redmilk Meets Annet Berger about this timeless design and the Swiss manufacturing heritage in a unique family tradition for three generations.
What did you presented at M&O 2016? Which are the new trends in terms of colours and forms? We were thrilled to be part of Maison & Objet. For 2016 we introduced colour on our timeless forms, created by Founder Margrit Linck. The WallpaperSTORE* has developed a capsule collection with us and we have also introduced colour in the main collection.
Linck Ceramics also showed matt glazes for the first time in Paris and of course we have introduced new forms from our archives for this year.
Generally we see the client’s desire to invest in table culture and home interiors increase. We are the opposite to disposable, our products are timeless investment pieces.
Which are the peculiarities of Linck family tradition and how’s the third generation performing?
Consistency and dedication to manufacturing skill – this is true to many Swiss manufacturers, be it textiles, ceramics or other industries. We have values that will never change, we produce individual pieces by hand which we will maintain. With myself standing for the third generation, I strive to maintain this heritage but add new trends into our collections and bring these to international markets for the first time.
Tradition versus technology: how’s Linck evolving?
Ideally one complements the other. We are all about tradition. Our forms and what makes Linck Ceramics unique cannot be replicated by machines and our workers need extensive training and talent before they can deliver a finished product. So Linck Ceramics could be viewed as a manufacturer where tradition trumps technology. However we maintain an openness towards technical innovation and will certainly consider if this can enhance our handmade production.
Tell us about your huge archive
The Archive is guarded by the whole family and is never anyone’s but Margrit Linck’s, our Founder. We are here to preserve it, maintain it and open it for inspiration. We have collected all milestone developments since the company started and keep adding to it until the next generation takes over.