Think Fabricate is partnering with Pickard China, based in Antioch, Ill., on the expansion of their popular Beyond the Bridge plate series. A fourth pattern, featuring Governor’s Island, has been added to the series, which is a colorful take on the historic Currier & Ives “balloon view” map of the Brooklyn waterfront and beyond. The four complementary patterns are elegant enough for both entertaining and display, yet the plates are also dishwasher and microwave safe, making them suitable for everyday use.
Pickard China will feature the new collection in its space on the 9th floor of 41 Madison during the New York Tabletop Show (October 15 – 18, 21013), or you can see the plates in person at Think Fabricate’s Downtown Brooklyn showroom.
The deep, Wedgewood blue plates make a great gift for those who love to entertain—or collect—and are available for purchase individually or as a set on the Think Fabricate website.
In addition to Governor’s Island, the full collection of 8 1/8” transferware coup-style plates includes illustrations of the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights, and the Navy Yard dating back to 1879, with the borough’s southwestern waterfront in the foreground. Beyond the Bridge first launched as a limited edition set of three decorative plates at BKLYN DESIGNS in 2010 as a complement to the Think Fabricate furniture collection. The prototypes are now part of the Brooklyn Museum’s permanent decorative arts collection and are on display in the museum’s ceramic archive.
According to Susan Doban, Co-founder of Think Fabricate, “The partnership with Pickard China is a natural one as they were founded in the 1800s, making them the oldest American manufacturers of fine china. They have been producing classic dishware for clients like the Queen of England and the White House. We worked hand-and-hand with their in-house team to get the color and finish just right. We chose a blue that is a bit more intense and rich than a traditional Wedgewood blue, giving the historical imagery on the plates a contemporary appearance. We often find that the right color can make an important impact and breathe new life into a historical space, and it certainly does with this historical image.”
Jason Gorsline, Co-founder of Think Fabricate adds, “Our Beyond the Bridge plates reflect our appreciation of historic detail and composition that you can find throughout our work. They are also an homage to Brooklyn—a unique place where we all work and live.”