Perching Bird

As the first rays of sunlight appear, Emil the robin hops from branch to branch. Designer Ted Muehling chose the bird from the Nymphenburg figure repertoire and reinterpreted it: the branch clip made from blackened metal adds a new design element to the bird sculpture created in 1912 by Theodor Kärner. The white bisque porcelain and the matte black create a harmonious contrast, as do the richly detailed figure of the bird and the subtly minimalist shape of the clip. Its clear redesign and decorative clip make the robin a fresh accessory for spring.

With this reinterpretation, Ted Muehling is continuing into 2014 the series of contemporary figures drawing on the Nymphenburg archive and rediscovering historical designs. So far contemporary artists and designers such as Wim Delvoye, Hella Jongerius, and Carsten Höller have already engaged in dialogue with Nymphenburg’s treasure trove of forms and given a new look to selected pieces.

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