Wolfgang Joop's design is inspired by his characteristic fascination with the tension between naturalism and stylisation. In his inimitable masterly fashion he transforms what is intoxicating, dangerous, poisonous into acceptable, harmless forms. The ensemble is reminiscent of the grandiose baroque tableware that was used to enhance celebrations and the pleasures of the table. It also serves a dual function, for the individual mushrooms are not only eye-catching pieces but also serve as salt and spice pots.
A cast silver branch supports a stand, which can optionally be made out of silver or oiled ebony or walnut. The mushrooms are attached to this by means of small magnets.
300x140 oval/105-110 mm, 2775 g (table centrepiece)
Limited Edition of 50 pieces in silver and 50 pieces in silver/wood.
Photo: Craig Dillon