“Tortoises are survivors from past times,” says Ted Muehling. The renowned US designer has been fascinated by these majestic creatures since his childhood.
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So much so, that he has now devoted an entire collection to them: “Tortoise” – a series of vases of different sizes, a bowl, a bonbonnière and two different drinking vessels made of razor-thin biscuit porcelain from the master workshops of Nymphenburg; matte on the outside, glazed on the inside. Together with the experts in product development, he realised the new objects for “Tortoise” in just one and a half years – handmade artefacts, shaped with passion, perfection and poetry.
With “Tortoise” the New York artist has returned to the workshop of the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg a good decade after his successful start in 1999. As with his earlier designs the artistic demands stand in the foreground: Muehling reduces, abstracts and translates the natural form of the faceted armour to the matt white shards. In this way, the renowned designer once again successfully captures the play on light and shadow in the unique transparency of the Nymphenburg porcelain, which is hand-crafted step by step.