a teacup saucer and teaspoon clad entirely in fur, which was inspired by a conversation with Picasso in a Paris cafe. The second is ‘Table With Bird’s Feet‘ (1939),
a gold-leaf and bronze side table perches on birds legs, which looks as if it might get up and walk across the room at any moment.
What makes her an icon? Like Salvador Dali, Oppenheim brought the Surrealist aesthtic to furniture. Along with her bird’s feet table, she also made a chair with a grotesque face carved into the backseat and a red velvet pad protruding like a tongue. Much of her work is inspired by dreams, a legacy from her father, a doctor and disciple of Psychoanalyst Carl Jung who kick started her artistic drive by declaring: “Women have never anything in art.” One of Oppernheim’s final projects, in 1983, was a fountain that still stands on Waisenhausplatz in the Swiss city of Bern. A concrete column wrapped in greenery, it;s like something out of a dream: perplexing and eccentric, just like it’s creator.