The 5-light chandelier is part of the ROCAILLE collection. The decor of softly garnished flowers, blue scales and 24K gold engraving was once commissioned by Frederick the Great for the construction of Breslau castle. On a side note: Originally the collection was called “Antique Zierat”, it was not until 90 years later that Frederick William IV initiated the renaming to Rocaille.
Until today the impressive masterpiece is exclusively hand-made by the master craftsmen of KPM Berlin. It remains to be the embodiment of craftsmanship on the highest level.
Figure porcelain always played an important role in the history of KPM. The animal figures created by KPM are artful portrayals of nature. Their refined play with light and shadow as well as the naturalistic staffage make them seem incredibly animate. Among the numerous bird figures there are still designs from the early days of the manufactory, such as the radiant blue and cyan kingfisher by Johann Baptist Pedrozzi from the year 1765.
Inspired by the form of antique amphoras, the vase Atrium reflects the style of new Objectivity. The delicate orchid painting was designed in 2013 by master painter Hagen Stolpmann. 18 master craftsmen need to give their best in order to finalise this piece.
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Originally envisioned as the cooperation of two great brands, KPM Berlin was to manufacture a limited edition of the Bugatti hood ornament. The dancing elephant in Art Deco style, designed by Ettore Bugatti’s brother Rembrandt, already graced a Bugatti in 1926. The cooperation inspired both design teams so much that in the end an automotive art piece crowned with white gold was created.
The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport “L’Or Blanc” actually resembles a dancing elephant. In 2012 this special cooperation was continued with the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport “Wei Long” with a dragon theme. The reason for the theme was the Chinese horoscope with 2012 being the year of the far eastern symbol for luck - the dragon.
As the L’Or Blanc 2011 the Wei Long 2012 is actually one of a kind. Porcelain elements with dragon themes were produced in the manufactory of KPM Berlin for the exterior as well as for the interior. The car is styled in red and white – a most elegant combination. The crimson interior resembles a precious carving from the Ming Dynasty. Subtly applied red features on the exterior (rims, back lights) let the white paint of the bodywork and porcelain elements shine even more.
The filler caps are furnished with a porcelain medallion featuring a dragon head. The wheel center cap takes up the theme in the form of the old Chinese sign for dragon – long. The glorious highlight of the crimson interior is a porcelain plate (24 x 19cm) embedded in the back between the seats featuring a dragon head.
It was originally designed to be the connection of my two biggest passions. But then from the encounter between unique automobile and royal porcelain something deeply moving emerged.
For Thomas Wenzel, in charge of product development, the biggest challenge was designing the dragon. “Not drafting a dragon from the European perspective but to internalise the iconography of Chinese and Asian motives was crucial for this project.
KPM Berlin looks back with pride at this unique model, which Bugatti calls the “dragon of the automotive industry”. The car costs 1,58 million euros.