Nathalie Lautenbacher photographed by Ruut Lahdenmäki

Nathalie Lautenbacher is a Franco-Finnish ceramist who has been creating tableware collections renowned for their delicate colour, subtle form and strong personal touch since 1999. Her signature Kahvi series consists in timeless, locally handcrafted, small-scale produced pieces. In recent years, Lautenbacher has collaborated with designer Naoto Niidome, creating large pots, wall art and ceramic installations that combine ceramics and  other carefully selected materials, such as textile, aluminium, wood, or plaster. She has designed functional homeware for Arabia and Iittala and has also worked in the Japanese ceramics industry. Her designs can be seen in several restaurants across the world, as well as in private collections and museums. Lautenbacher works as a lecturer at Aalto University in Helsinki and has travelled the world lecturing about Finnich ceramics, teaching the next generation of designers. 

Lautenbacher graduated from the Department of Ceramics and Glass at the University of Art and Design, Helsinki in 1999. Since then, she has received several prizes in Germany, Japan and Finland and won the 2008 Young Designer of the Year prize in Finland. Her work can be seen in several collections, including the The Röhsska Museum in Sweden.