This is a table sculpture that splits into 4 elements: tea pot, coffee pot, milk jar and sugar pot. 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. The user manipulates the sliding, flipping and revolving parts, and finds the answers contained in the tea tray.
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design Team: Woody KT Yao, Thomas Vietzke
Product year: 2003
Photography: Courtesy of Alessi