Silver tea & coffee tower set by Zaha Hadid for Alessi

November 27, 2009

I have always found Zaha Hadid’s architectural forms to be inspiring and somehow revolutionary.

And forms like the one in the image above is nothing out of the ordinary from the Architect Zaha Hadid. However, there is something very peculiar about the above “thing’s” function. I made a few friends try to guess the function of this thing, first they all knew it was Hadid’s work just by looking at it but for the function i got the answers; “Stadium”, “Mosque” and “Office Building”. Ladies and gentlemen it is a coffee, tea, milk and something tray set. Basically, its a tea tray, or in Kuwaiti we call it “9eeeiyat chai”. Regardless of it’s redundant functionability and its form, which i think looks spectacular, the price of one of these items will set you back $33’500 (9700KD), but dont think that for this price you will get a one of a kind piece! 99 sets of this tray set will be made and you can be one of the lucky one who gets to buy and use one of these by visiting the link below. It is not exactly my cup of tea so i will stick to my 1/4KD Sook Al-Mahameed tea tray thank you very much!

From the 20ltd webpage:

“Mirroring Alessi’s famous 1983 Tea and Piazza project, Alberto Alessi, the illustrious driving force behind the iconic Italian manufacturer, invited 22 leading lights of modern architecture to work on an unusual industrial design project: to create a 4-piece coffee and tea service to include sugar bowl, milk pitcher and tray.This is one of them, designed by the London-based international design superstar Zaha Hadid: “This is a table sculpture that splits into four elements: teapot, coffee pot, milk jug and sugar bowl. Like a three-dimensional puzzle, the pieces fit together to form a whole. They sit within a tray that guides the user through the multiple configurations, the form changing according to whether or not the set is in use. The “representative mode, ” when the set is unused, is a compact structure that is easily carried around. Formally speaking, the sculpture exploits the idea of contrasting and combining extremely vertical with extremely horizontal objects. The teapot is a wide, flat organic shape, whilst the coffee pot rises from this landscape like a tower. In the “functional mode” the objects are flipped and turned, facilitated by the template of the tray. Each shape has a cut/section that enables the piece to slide onto a different axis, exposing openings for pouring, and producing a completely different composition. “Tea-time” takes on a whole new significance: it becomes a sculptural riddle.” This piece is available to buy only through 20ltd.com and is limited to 99 editions.”

20ltd Webpage on this thing…


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