Luca Nichetto Tuesday 01 Jul 2014

The idea of designing a tea set came to Venetian designer Luca Nichetto from personal research, which started many years ago and was developed over time with Russian designer Lera Moiseeva. Their research and ideas were centred around ancient and modern sharing rituals which play an important role in social relationships around the world.

Most notably, the time-honoured tea ceremony represents an important tradition in many areas of the world, particularly in Asia where it has become a sacred custom, integral to the many cultures which practice it. By observing how tea is consumed in Russia, Nichetto noticed that infusions are generally not served in cups but in small bowls without handles. Nichetto realised that this small detail gives more solemnity to the whole ritual, slowing the process of consumption down and adding a sense of occasion or ritual to the simple act of drinking tea.

From these observations, The Aureola tea set was designed. The set is composed of a main body, a filter, and two cups, made from coloured fine porcelain. The pigments, obtained from metal powders, are commonly used to create oriental lacquers. As the heat propagates from the centre of the bowl towards the outside, the theory is that the energy aura of the people involved in the tea sharing ritual also seems to expand out towards the others. The surface of the tea set has graphic representations of this concept, with concentric circles radiating out from the hot centre of the tea pots, giving inspiration to the product's name.