By observing how tea is consumed in Russia, Venetian designer Luca Nichetto noticed that the infuse is served not in cups, but in small bowls without a handle, and realized how this one small detail gave more solemnity to the whole ritual.
The Aureola tea set is composed of a main body, a tea filter, and two cups that can be stacked for storage. The set is made in fine porcelain colored in mass and the pigments, obtained from metal powders, are commonly used to create fine oriental lacquers.
“As 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.” says Nichetto. “From this image takes its name the tea set Aureola, which has on its surface the signs that graphically represent this concept.”
The idea of designing a tea set came from Nichetto’s personal research, started long ago and developed together with Russian designer Lera Moiseeva, on the ancient and modern sharing rituals that, even nowadays, play an important role in the social relationships in several countries.
Aureola will be shown at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto, Canada from June 27th to September 16th, 2014.