Exuding a familiar and pleasing aura, the name Falcon is evocative of an hedonistic yet simple lifestyle, as we like to recall during a typical family lunch. Falcon is one of those storied brands that succeeded in elevating the object of their creation to the rank of an icon.
The creations of the Birmingham-based English house are among those objects that naturally own their place on our kitchen shelves.
The very ones we enjoy to put away religiously after the exchange of good services, together with the other little treasures of daily life. By applying enamel as an emblem of elemental elegance, Joe Kleiner and his sons were able, from 1920, to create a craze for their lines of kitchenware. The reason why such enthusiasm has lasted, is because the ordinary and yet inimitable style of Falcon products, has become irreplaceable.
It was by nurturing the vast legacy of enamel craftsmanship born in ancient times, that the Kleiner family preserved the timelessness of enamel kitchen objects until our day. Enamel has a long and fascinating story, that reaches well beyond the Falconian empire. It was born in antiquity, even though we associate it with the joys of English tea-time today. Like a treasure laid down at our feet, breathing immutable value, Falcon bowls, plates, cups or teapots pass on an epic legacy, for us to bequeath to the next generations. That of artisans who with their century-old know-how handle the fusion of glass to the nearest degree, warming the heart of homes with wares designed for conviviality. The production of these iconic objects today takes place in Asia, yet fully respecting the traditional manufacturing process of yore with almost 100-year-old tools imported from the British industrial heritage.
It is difficult to imagine, viewed through the historical lens of industrial revolutions, that the remarkable properties of porcelain enamel one day broke the monopoly of the wooden spoon. The list of enamel qualities is long and makes enamelware among the trustful everyday utilitarian objects that keep their promises. It is true that enamel is light, robust and healthful in its contact… What we cherish even more is the brilliance of its unalterable minerality: molten powdered glass poured on metal steel substrate, which is heat-bonded and hardened during subsequent firing rounds in the oven. All the more appropriate then, that liquid enamel is called fondant: It’s true … We’re melting!