My Private Sky by Kram/Weisshaar

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Architecture and design outfit Kram Weisshaar has created a limited-edition series of dinner plates for porcelain brand Nymphenburg.

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Called My Private Sky, the plates combine computer technology and traditional craft techniques: the designers ask customers where and when they were born, and then use a specially written computer programme to generate the precise arrangement of stars and planets as they would have appeared at that particular time and place.

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The patterns are then hand-painted onto the plates by Nymphenburg artisans.

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My Private Sky is being launched in September at the Monaco Yacht Show, of all places.

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Below is a press release from Kram Weisshaar:

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Date: July 1st 2007

Project: MY PRIVATE SKY for PORZELLAN MANUFAKTUR NYMPHENBURG

Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram have designed a limited-edition set of hand made and hand painted dinner plates for Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg titled MY PRIVATE SKY. The project represents the ultimate in personalization: each set shows the night sky at the date and place of birth of the buyer.

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The first of a series of projects to be designed by the offices of Kram/Weisshaar for Nymphenburg, the project will be presented to the public during the Monaco Yacht Show September 19-22 in Monte Carlo. When a buyer orders his set of plates he gives his date and place of birth. The buyer’s personal night sky map is then calculated by a custom computer program and printed onto a set of blueprints followed by Nymphenburg’s master porcelain painters. Each set of dinner plates involves the hand-painting of some 500 stars, nebulae, planets and constellations in gold and platinum.

A thorough analysis of the traditional methods at Nymphenburg, the Bavarian Kings’ former porcelain manufacture, turned the designers’ attention towards utilizing and redefinig centuries old processes in a contemporary context. By designing a program rather than a single drawing, the designers combine the excellence of the master porcelain painters at Nymphenburg with the potential of custom-developed
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Nymphenburg will issue a series of 100+10 unique copies of MY PRIVATE SKY.

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  • Mattia Nuzzo

    I want it!

  • chapmaniac

    At first glance I thought it was a connect the dots game where you arrange your food to figure out the a picture-more interesting than star constellations-yawn!

  • Mattia Nuzzo

    Chapmanic, it’s not just star constellations, but star constellations as they would have appeared at the exact time and place of your birth. How can you not appreciate that?

  • yyunjj

    wow very straight lines…. envy