Last week at the 2014 Toronto Interior Design Show (IDS14) Italian designer Luca Nichetto presented “Sucabaruca”, a coffee set for the Canadian gallery Mjölk. The collaboration between Luca Nichetto and Mjölk started with the Italian designer’s first visit to Toronto where they discovered their common passion for design. The result was a design that combines the modern ritual of filtered coffee, with the renowned tradition of Italian coffee.
The “Sucabaruca” coffee set main cone-shape body resembles “Carmencita”, a famous character created by Armando Testa in 1966 for the TV show “Carosello”. The patterns are engraved by hand in the ceramic, and are meant to emphasize the uniqueness of the shapes. As a desire to only use resources available in the area, the tray was built out of Canadian maple wood which always reveals unique patterns when carved.
It is a project that, from start, has been involving people from different cultures and countries: Juli and John who, with passion, collect and distribute in Canada products mainly from Scandinavia and Japan; the Canadian ceramist Alissa Coe, who made the prototypes, skilfully interpreting our project; and Lera Moiseeva, designer and artist of Russian origin, but New Yorker by adoption, who contributed to the development of the coffee set in collaboration with Nichetto’s studios in Sweden and Italy. All these people have enriched the project, making it an extraordinary melting pot of ideas and energy on an international scale.
All the elements in the collection can be stacked and combined as desired. The three color palettes available for the set were once again influenced by different cultures. The white set was inspired by the fashion designer Martin Margiela, the pastel tones are characteristic of Japanese architecture, and last but not leas, the pop colors set is a tribute to the eclectic artist Jean-Paul Goude.
*All images and information courtesy of Luca Nichetto.