The American designer Ted Muehling has created an exclusive monogram series as plate decorations for Nymphenburg. He playfully traces each initial as the flight path of a fly. The eye of the observer follows the line of the letters up to the stylised fly itself. This artistically drawn detail, which is scarcely visible at first glance, decorates each individual plate. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind, which is turned by hand in the master workshops, elaborately painted, and – in the case of the gold or platinum editions – adorned with agates and bloodstones.
The Monogram Collection includes 26 different initials as plate decorations – one for each letter of the alphabet. The original design by Ted Muehling was initially used as an exemplary decoration on plates in Wolfgang von Wersin’s Lotos service, which was designed in 1932/1936. It was chosen for this because the pure contours emphasised the sweeping and elegant lines of the monogram decoration to great effect.
Following the designer’s idea, however, the decoration can be used on the manufactory’s various services as a custom design according to the wishes of the customer. The customer can also choose their own colour for the decoration to be painted in from Nymphenburg’s extensive range of colours, even including platinum or 24-karat fine gold.
The master craftsmen of the manufactory thus create an individual, one-of-a-kind piece in accordance with the customer’s specifications. The unique pieces are perfect as a christening gift, for weddings, for anniversaries, as a present in honour of the milestones of life, or as a special treat for oneself.
Ted Muehling has designed numerous collections and pieces for the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory since 1999: vases, lanterns, and candle holders the shapes and structures of which are based on corals, leaves, and branches; the sea collection with mussel and snail shells; the white coral series, and the butterfly collection – a service decorated with butterfly motifs.
With the Monogram Collection, designed in 2013, Ted Muehling has created a poetic continuation of his philosophy of naturalistic design, while at the same time revealing a surprising new path for decorative painting in the master workshops of the manufactory.