The Yauatcha Collection is a range of tea accessories commissioned by restauranteur Alan Yau, and designed by Bodo Sperlein which made their debut at Maison & Objet this year.
The products reflect the diverse heritage of tea culture, as a plant that has captured the attention of the world across history and Sperlein has referenced the natural world from which this global commodity is derived. The tea sets are based on simple, curvaceous forms adorned with sculptural twig handles, which we think is a sweet touch to an otherwise very elegant form. Both glazed and unglazed bisque porcelain is also used throughout, contrasting between sensual gloss and velvety matt.
The cast iron teapot and warmer are produced using a centuries-old Asian sand moulding technique. Tea strainers and infusers have been formed as a take on lively organic shapes reminiscent of mercury, and are forged from stainless steel with silver plating.
The range will also make it across the Channel to Brunswick House which is set to be remade by a group of leading designers during London Design Festival from September the 19th until the 27th. M.E. thinks that the home of the Duke of Brunswick is the perfect location to showcase this blend of heritage and contemporary design.
Also squatting in the 18th century space will be designer Shin Azumi, with his dynamic series of kinetic installations, plus prints and collage work by illustrator Therese Vandling...