Two brothers working in a spectacular Baroque castle near Münster, Germany, are making some of the most modern china of the season. Just reaching stores now is Michael and Christian Sieger's "My China!" collection. It's made of the high-quality porcelain typical in traditional china, but the shapes and designs are fun, decorative, bright and bold—red flowers, blue leaves and gold birds, for example. It's their first effort for Sieger Design (they've worked with Dornbracht and Ritzenhoff in the past), the company their father founded 18 years ago. Today, Michael acts as creative director and Christian oversees the business side. Here, Michael explains their vision.
Michael, when did you first know you wanted to be a designer?
Quite early—around the age of 10 or 12. I was inspired by our family trips to the International Furniture Fair in Milan. I loved the work of the Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce—he is very avant-garde. In fact, there is a photograph of me as a child sitting in one of his chairs at the fair. My parents ended up buying the piece for me. I still have it; it's in my daughter's room.
Why did you and Christian introduce your own dinnerware?
The idea was to create a very high-quality dinner service—very thin, very light, but also very functional so that you can use it every day. The culture around fine china has changed. We no longer keep it locked away in a cupboard, so it was important for the whole line to be dishwasher-safe, even "Emperor's Garden," our hand-painted pattern. We also designed the bowls so that one can fit on top of the other, acting as a cloche. People don't