Venetian designer Luca Nichetto and Russian designer Lera Moiseeva, collaborated once again in the creation of the Aureola tea set. The tea set was designed for Toronto gallery/shop Mjölk, and will be part of the Totemica exhibition, along with the Sucabaruca coffee set.
The idea of designing a tea set comes from personal research conducted by Luca Nichetto, and developed together with Lera Moiseeva. The research focused on the ancient and modern sharing rituals, that continue to play an important role in social relationships across several countries.
The tea ceremony, more than others, represents an important tradition in many areas of the world, and particularly in Asia, where it became almost sacred, influencing this way numerous cultures. By observing how tea is consumed in Russia, Luca Nichetto has noticed that the infuse is served not in cups but in small bowls without the handle and realized how this small detail gives more solemnity to the whole ritual.
The Aureola tea set is composed of a main body, a filter, and two cups. Made in fine porcelain coloured in mass with pigments obtained from metal powders, the tea set follows traditions commonly used to create the finest oriental lacquers.
The heat propagates from the center of the bowl towards the outside, so the energy aura of the people involved in the sharing rite seems to expand in wider circles towards the others. The name Aureola was given to reference this imagery, while graphical symbols on the surface of the tea set, strengthen the concept.
The Aureola tea set and Sucabaruca coffee set will be displayed at the Istituto di Cultura Italiano di Toronto between June 26 – September 16 2014.
*All images and information courtesy of Luca Nichetto.