A LEGACY OF 260 YEARS
PORCELAIN OF THE BAVARIAN CROWN
Nymphenburg traces its roots back to 1747 as the porcelain manufactory of the Bavarian Crown. Still operating from the Nymphenburg Palace in Bavaria, the manufactory has a global reputation for the unrivalled fineness, subtlety and brilliance of its porcelain, which is completely handmade using techniques passed down over generations.
Nymphenburg was founded by Elector Max III. Joseph of Bavaria as the prince-elect’s porcelain manufactory – symbolic of his passion for absolute beauty.
In 1815, the manufactory was elevated to the status of Staatliche Kuncstanstalt (State Art Institution), proving that Nymphenburg is the only porcelain producer that has stood firm in the face of changing styles and economic conditions over 260 years.
Contemporary Arts & Design
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..
The Dinnerware Collections
The extensive repertoire of services reflects the history of Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg: from pioneering rococo designs, developed in the 18th century, to contemporary designs produced exclusively for the manufactory, while simultaneously remaining timeless. From an early stage, Nymphenburg won famous artists to work for it who with their designs significantly influenced the manufactory's style and image. And continuing in this tradition, Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg is today again inviting artists of international repute – Konstantin Grcic, Hella Jongerius and Ted Muehling, for instance – to develop new creations for its range.
Throughout the company's history, Nymphenburg shapes and designs have continuously been combined in different ways, confirming their timelessness. Customers are able to compile unique services from the wealth of shapes and designs at the manufactory and have them produced according to their own wishes and ideas.