In his studio in Nuremberg, the skilled silversmith Berthold Hoffmann has been producing everyday objects out of metal since 1985: sterling silver tableware and cast iron vessels for everyday (and also very stylish) use.
A veritable cult has risen up in Germany around Hoffmann’s pots, especially those made of cast iron: His fondue set, which weighs as much as a wall cupboard, now gets top prices at auctions.
On display, the objects remind one of a serene monk: dignified, restrained and with clear stylistic elements. Pots and pans made of cast iron, cast iron fondue sets and sterling silver or silver tea services are manufactured in the traditional style in Hoffmann’s metal workshop, and always bear their unmistakable trademarks: simple shapes and solid, robust structures.
Berthold Hoffmann has been distinguished with awards several times, for example with the Bavarian State Prize. His objects are represented in public collections, such as the Museum of Applied Arts in Frankfurt am Main.