Sucabaruca Coffee Set
Thursday 26 Jan 2017

Sucabaruca coffee set designed by Luca Nichetto and Lera Moiseeva for Mjölk.

The collaboration between Luca Nichetto, Lera Moiseeva and the Mjölk gallery started after Luca Nichetto visited Toronto. On the suggestion of a friend, Luca Nichetto met with John Baker and Juli Daoust, owners of the shop and gallery Mjölk. After meeting, they quickly began working on a series of objects, designed by both Luca and Lera and produced by Mjölk 

One of the products created for Mjölk is the coffee set “Sucabaruca”. It is a project that, from the start, has been involving people from different cultures and countries: Juli and John who, with passion, collect and distribute products mainly from Scandinavia and Japan; the Canadian ceramist Alissa Coe, who made the prototypes, skillfully interpreting our project; 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; Elena Freddi, collaborator at the studio in Stockholm, who took care of the set up for the exhibition “Luca Nichetto + Mjölk” in Toronto; and Kihara Ceramics, a Japanese porcelain producing company based in Arita, Japan, who has taken over the manufacturing of the coffee set. All these people have enriched the project, making it an extraordinary melting pot of ideas and energy on an international scale.

The “Sucabaruca” coffee set is rich in cultural and formal references that come from  the influences of several people involved in the project. The main cone-shaped body is reminiscent of “Carmencita”, the famous character created by Armando Testa in 1966 for the tv show “Carosello”. The patterns, hand-engraved by hand in the ceramic, are meant to emphasise the uniqueness of the pieces, as well as for the tray, manufactured using material such as Canadian maple wood, which always reveal new and unique patterns when carved. Just like in a game, the set elements can be stacked and combined as desired. 

The latest edition of the Sucabaruca Coffee Set has been carefully crafted by Kihara Ceramics. The finish of the set, a glossy white, showcases the traditional glaze work of the studio. Kihara, a Japanese porcelain producing company based in Arita, Japan, has been hand-crafting ceramic wares for over 400 years. The company still produces work with techniques that have remained unchanged while also incorporating new technologies to enhance the nature of the material.

Set includes pot, filter funnel and 3 cups.