The Cathrineholm ironworks were founded in 1829 outside Halden in southern Norway and enjoyed their heyday in the 1960s and 70s. In 1954 Cathrineholm started working with the young Norwegian enamel artist, Grete Prytz Kittelsen. Cathrineholm’s eyes were really opened to the talent of the successful artist when Grete Prytz Kittelsen impressed critics and the press at the international art and architecture exhibition, the Triennale, in Milan. Kittelsen and Cathrineholm worked together for years, designing and marketing the products we know and love today. The collaboration was not only hugely important to Grete Prytz Kittel’s career, but to Cathrineholm, too. Cathrineholm was synonymous with Grete Prytz Kittel’s designs – the stripes were one of her most famous and beloved successes, but she was also an innovative designer who experimented with many forms, patterns and production methods. Cathrineholm and Grete Prytz Kittelsen were bang on trend in their day, with their different brightly-coloured designs.