In Nymphenburg, handmade porcelain objects and works of art are manufactured according to the concepts of contemporary designers and artists who count among some of the most widely-renowned creators of art worldwide.
Well-known designers like Konstantin Grcic, Hella Jongerius, Reed Kram and Clemens Weisshaar, fashion designers like Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Gareth Pugh, and artists like Carsten Höller, Olaf Nicolai and Wim Delvoye focus intensely on the historical and cultural context of Nymphenburg and express their outstanding artistic visions in the highest quality porcelain.
The character-shaping creative relevance of the work owes to the close collaboration between the artists and the masters’ workshops of Nymphenburg. In this last pure manufactory in the world, each of the porcelain parts is still worked by hand with techniques being applied which have been passed down from generation to generation and held onto since 1747.
In the framework of the design processes, a dialogue between the artist and manufactory emerges, creating space for experimentation and ensuring that the original ideas and concepts of the artists can be perfectly put into practice. For Nymphenburg this means opening up new perspectives, consistently advancing existing methods of manufacture, and shifting the limits of what’s possible.
As an institution of creative force with a history spanning more than 266 years, Nymphenburg aims to consistently face up to the challenges of the 21st century and create outstanding designer objects and works of art with timeless values.
The English artist and designer, Barnaby Barford, already started to specialise in the production and design of ceramics and porcelain during his studies in Faience and at the Royal College of Art in London.
His fascination with life, death, and science is a common theme running through Damien Hirst's work.
British photographer Nick Knight is known for pushing both technical and creative limits and setting new standards in the field of fashion photography.
In cooperation with the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, the British artist Don Brown has created a piece in porcelain for the first time.
Joep van Lieshout
Atelier Van Lieshout’s practice often overlaps “utopias“ and “dystopias“ whilst evolving around the function and aesthetics of sustainable, socially conscious designs by juxtaposing relationships between rationality and irrationality, the individual and society, or freedom and compulsion.
Saâdane Afif combines fine art with text, music and motion, transforming one art form into another in collaboration with other artists: His highly reflexive works are interdisciplinary.
Michael Tummings sees himself as a world citizen. Confronted from early on with concepts such as origin, nationality, and social belonging, the camera became his instrument for overcoming cultural barriers.
Olaf Nicolai, who counts as one of today’s leading German artists, works conceptually and breaks new ground in order to extract art from the classic forms of representation and marketing.
With subversive irony, Wim Delvoye questions standardized values in our consumer society.
The core of her work focuses on the interplay of romantic tradition and consumer culture, which gives her pieces a sense of beauty both striking and unique at the same time.
Michele Oka Doner
For more than four decades, American artist Michele Oka Doner has been producing artwork inspired by the fascinating forms of nature.
The core of his work is the perpetual question of the conventions that govern the way we lead our lives and whether indeed it is possible to imagine things in a fundamentally different way.
As a commissioned project for Terence Koh (Snow White Installation, Julia Stoschek Collection), Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory has created a series of Chrysamthemums in 2008.
Under the title of "KALLIOPE" he developed an edition consisting of four different versions for the NYMPHENBURG PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY.
The notion of the “Lightbulb“ is a crucial, recurrent motif surrounding the overal oeuvre and conceptual approach of the artist.
Born in Pasadena in 1963, Pae White seeks inspiration for her work in the most eclectic sources of art history and pop culture.
Josef Hillerbrand designed a coffee and tea service for Nymphenburg which is a classic of the art deco period in Germany, to this day.
Adelbert Niemeyer countered the magnificence of the historicist and art nouveau styles with his simple and graceful designs.
In 1908, Josef Wackerle designed the large majolica garden figures and, in 1910, magnificent ornamental birds for the world exhibition in Brussels, which to this day adorn the botanical gardens in Nymphenburg.
Wolfgang von Wersin
Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg owes some of its most important service designs to the architect and designer Wolfgang von Wersin.
Max Rossbach designed the MODERN shape for Nymphenburg – today known under the name of GINGKO. The service today is regarded as one of Nymphenburg's art nouveau icons.
Friedrich von Gärtner
The showpiece vase he designed to celebrate the king's 66th birthday, which was his first creation for Nymphenburg, was very successful for Gärtner.
Hermann Gradl worked for Nymphenburg from 1899 to 1905. In his first year with the company, Gradl created the extravagant BELLE EPOQUE fish service.
Eugen Napoleon Neureuther
Neureuther's designs in the historicist style cite gothic motifs and ornaments.
The most pioneering design by Dominikus Auliczek is the PEARL service. For the first time in the history of porcelain in Europe, a service was based on the shape of a dodecagon.
Franz Anton Bustelli
No one has had such an effect on the artistic direction of Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg as Franz Anton Bustelli.
Franz Ignaz Günther
Franz Ignaz Günther, sculptor and representative of Bavarian rococo, was born in Altmannstein in 1725.
Franz Conrad Linck
Franz Conrad Linck was one of the most important sculptors at Nymphenburg,and, in particular, his magnificent porcelain lustre was a decisive factor in winning the support of Elector Carl Theodor.
Konstantin Grcic, the Munich designer, is one of the most important exponents of contemporary industrial design.
In her designs, Ruth Gurvich aims to show the shapes and structures of everyday things the way they are. Her understanding of design is global in scope, but firmly anchored in local tradition.
Her designs combine new technological achievements with the uniqueness and importance that only handmade historic objects possess.
From the start, his projects have focused on interactive media within a spatial context.
The Brazilian designer, Gustavo Lins, was born in Belo Horizonte in 1961. On completing his architectural studies in Minais Gerais and Barcelona, Lins settled in Paris at the beginning of the 1990s. There he caused a stir with unusual designs for Agnès B, Jean-Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Kenzo and Louis Vuitton.
His designs focus less on personal style and more on the attempt to "grasp and analyse the essence of the product commissioned and to bundle it in the design".
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.
Born in 1962 in Hochdorf, Switzerland, into a family of craftsmen, jewellery designer Patrik Muff grew up in a highly creative environment, surrounded by hammers, nails and saws.
Khashayar Naimanan, born in 1976 in London, commenced his career as a graffiti sprayer and photographer at the age of 15. He studied product design at the London Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and then at the Royal College of Art.
Clemens Weisshaar was born in 1977 in Munich. After an apprenticeship as a metalworker, he studied product design at the London Saint Martins College of Art and Design and at the Royal College of Art and was an assistant to Konstantin Grcic for three years before founding his first office for design 2000.
Conceptual artist and designer Rolf Sachs is recognized for his distinctive, multidisciplinary approach. His work moves freely between art and design and is renowned for surprising audiences – encouraging them to question preconceptions and view objects from a different perspective.
When Christoph Keller took over the "Stählemühle" estate by Lake Constance in 2004 after a successful career as an art publisher and discovered an old distillery there, he had no idea that just a few years later he would be considered one of the 10 best distillers in the world by Gault Millau.
Asked for the secret of her style, Adeline André told Time magazine: “The allure is all in the cut. What counts is the delayed reaction,” i.e. the spectator’s astonishment.
Following Wolfgang Ley’s departure from the operative business, in 2006 the new management of Escada, the luxury label which is located in Munich, appointed Damiano Biella creative director. His emphasis on feminine elegance, deliberately dispensing with exaggerated flamboyance, is putting back the brand into its old stride.
Chapurin has long been a name in his homeland – he is called the “Russian Armani.” His mixture of modern rich chic, the ethnic, nostalgia, and purism is unique in Russia, but goes down well elsewhere as well.
The colours Esteban Cortazar chooses reflect his adopted home, the Sunshine State. The very feminine clothes of chiffon and embroidered silk glow with the bright yellow of sunlight. Their colours are reminiscent of the blue of the ocean or the blushing skin of a peach.
“I conceive my designs, be they haute couture pieces, a light or a vase, to convey feelings and emotions ... The connection is important: between myself, the producer of the object, and the person who will see the completed object. Love is the connecting fibre. Love of the craft that is invested in the conception and making of the object.”
Christian Lacroix combines the Mediterranean tradition of his home region with feminine elegance, and ethnic influences from all over the world with top-class tailoring. Hippy fashions and the ancien régime, or fin-de-siècle French escapism, all form part of his rich stock of cultural references.
The collaboration with the Nymphenburg porcelain manufactory references Lagerfeld’s work as a costume designer for institutions such as, among others, the Vienna Burgtheater, La Scala in Milan as well as the Salzburg Festival.
Gustavo Lins approach to designing clothes was strictly architectural, proceeding from two-dimensional sketches to volume. “I construct it, but it is the person with her mind and intelligence and personality who occupies it.”
When Pascal Millet took over as artistic director of Carven in 2001, he was joining one of the pioneers of French haute couture.
In 2003, the porcelain manufacturer Nymphenburg invited the versatile fashion designer to clothe its Corine figurine in a new dress.
Miuccia Prada’s fashion exists in a global context. The multiple award winning designer detects cultural vibes as a seismograph does an earth tremor, and incorporates them into her work.
Inflatable balloon dresses, bizarre superhero costumes, Cubist armour – Gareth Pugh’s creations are both unsettling and fascinating.
Richly decorated ball gowns of silk satin, flowing fur tops, sweatshirts with alligator leather appliqués – Ralph Rucci is always finding new ways of reinterpreting familiar forms.
Born in 1964, Elie Saab went to Paris in the early 1980s to study fashion. Within a year he was back in Beirut, founding his own label and workshop.
Tailoring and serviceability, luxury and simplicity – these are the pillars on which Dominique Sirop constructed his Parisian couture business. And he seems to have struck exactly the right tone.
A slender figure with a tile beard and glasses looking like someone from a drawing by New York eccentric Edward Gorey, Sorbier’s style is unique.
Naoki Takizawa’s great tailoring skills are never an end in themselves. They are driven by a deep belief in everyday serviceability and wearability.
To this day, you will find the maestro’s flattering silhouettes present at any gathering of stars, crowned heads or high-ranking personalities.
Viktor & Rolf
They are to fashion what Gilbert & George are to art – two showmen who perfectly complement each other and whose public act is always part of their work. Their motto is 1 + 1 = 3.
By incorporating gestures and physical movement in her designs, Westwood gives her fashion a theatrical element.
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Saâdane Afif's performance presented temporally process-like and repeating themes and motifs in the artist’s work, such as song lyrics or recurrent actors and co-authors, through performances and pieces made from Nymphenburg porcelain – sculptures that assimilate the entire creative process.
Olaf Nicolai‘s Cula performance at the Kunstverein München in 2011 was based on the experience of an interactive meeting ritual: a tea ceremony based on an imaginary script.
Michele Oka Doner
The installation called “Down to Earth” transforms the historic kilns of the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg with their alchemical past clearly visible in the residues on the bricks into magical places.