Sargadelos at MoMa

For over 200 years, heritage brand Sargadelos has been producing handmade porcelain designs in Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia. In recent decades, Sargadelos has employed a unique process of porcelain firing that results in beautiful and luminous colors. The pattern on this dinnerware is inspired by traditional forms and motifs found in Galician and Celtic cultures (The Galicians were originally a Celtic people during antiquity.)

Although Sargadelos is used to displaying its articles on the shelves of the MoMA shops in New York, it has never done so with such exclusivity: from now on, the Design Store of the museum institution, both in its physical establishment and in its online shop, has a set of plates made exclusively by the brand from Lugo.

For “a couple of years”, explains Segismundo García, owner of Sargadelos, the MoMA shop had already been selling pieces from the tableware company’s catalogue. After seeing some pieces in the design magazine ‘Wallpapper’, the New York museum contacted the factory to sell some of its products. Now, however, they wanted to go a step further and asked the Galician company for an exclusive collection.

Specifically, it is a variation of the Sargadelos P model: a set of four dessert plates, four bowls and four dinner plates. This set has been rethought for the MoMA, and breaks, above all in terms of colour, with what Sargadelos has become accustomed to: they have said goodbye to the blue so characteristic of their figures and tableware to include yellow, green and orange in this set. “We are going to continue in this line, we are incorporating more colours”, García assures, so it is to be expected that the future of Sargadelos will be even more colourful than the previous 200 years of history.