In 1957, Lyngby Porcelain produced the world’s first porcelain thermos set. The designer behind it, Axel Brüel. Axel Brüel worked at Lyngby Porcelain as a regular artistic consultant and had a major influence on the pure and functionalist style orientation of Lyngby Porcelain in the 1950s and 60s.
The Thermodan products had a dual wall, like a thermos flask. This kept the coffee hot for longer, without anyone’s fingers getting burnt. Axel Brüel’s design did not include a hook or handle of any kind because they could easily be knocked off. Axel Brüel and his technicians at Lyngby Porcelain experimented with the thermos technique for an entire year before achieving a result that met their approval. To give the tall, slender coffee pot a better grip, they decided to add a discreet set of grooves in the porcelain. This change of design was also implemented on all the other elements in the range.
The design attracted a great deal of attention in the industry and Thermodan received a silver medal at the 1960 Milan Triennale Exhibition. The range was next exhibited at the Louvre, Paris, followed by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, where it remains part of the permanent collection.