(jiří macek) It would not be Christmas if we did not watch fairytales on TV. Swedish designer Jonas Wagell has linked several fairytales in the Pomperipossa porcelain set. In his characters, one can boil water, drink tea from them, or talk about beauty and taxes.
Pomperipossa is a witch from a famous Swedish fairytale depicted by the author – humorist writer Axel Wallengren (1865-1896), known under the pseudonym Falstaff, fakir. She is depicted as a very ugly being with red teary eyes and wobbling thin legs. In 1976, Astrid Lindgren wrote a satirical fairytale for adults based on Wallengren’s original version and entitled it ‘Pomperipossa in the World of Money’ in which she focused on the theme of money and death. The fairytale aroused a passionate debate about taxes in Sweden because the popular writer of children’s books wrote it when she found out she had to pay taxes in the amount of 102% of her income.
However, Jonas Wagell does not accuse the state with his porcelain set, which is more of a playful polemics on the theme of beauty. He confronts crazy fairy-tale colors with functional simplicity, the humanity of shapes, and their immeasurableness. Whether the cups, mugs, teapots and an electric kettle become real characters in fairytales depends more on one’s imagination than on the story imprinted by Jonas Wagell and history.