Ted Muehling was born in Passaic, New Jersey, in 1953 and studied industrial design at the Pratt Institute in New York. Muehling has been designing jewellery and objects inspired by natural shapes since 1976. "I try to restrict my vocabulary of shape by abstracting forms from nature and transforming them with the aim of creating objects that function just as well as they look. My designs trace the invisible shapes that exist between nature and our perception of it." Ted Muehling has received many awards, including the Chrysler Design Award and the America Fashion Coty Award. His works may be found in many private and public collections.
Ted Muehling has been designing a variety of collections and objects for Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg since 1999: vases, lanterns and candlesticks
based in shape and structure on corals, leaves and branches; the MARITIME COLLECTION
with snail and sea shells, the WHITE CORAL
series as well as the Butterfly Collection – a plain service decorated with butterfly motifs. In 2015 he has taken the shell of the majestic giant tortoise as his model for the new TORTOISE
collection and reinterpreted it again and again as a continuous quotation of a collection of vases and vessels. The designer succeeds like no other in transforming wonders of nature into unique artefacts made of the finest Nymphenburg porcelain.
Ted Muehling was also responsible for the VOLUTE BOWL,
which is the trophy for the "Prix du Design", which is awarded annually at the Monaco Yacht Show for the most beautiful yacht by His Highness Prince Albert II. and His Highness Prince Leopold of Bavaria.
Ted Muehling in an interview
Official website: www.tedmuehling.com