Sucabaruca Coffee Set

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Product: Sucabaruca Coffee Set
Designer: Luca Nichetto
Retailer: Mjölk

Sucabaruca coffee service

“Sucabaruca” is a coffee set that consists of a porcelain coffee pot, 3 cups, pour-over dripper, and maple wood tray with walnut legs. The collection is designed by Venice and Stockholm based designer Luca Nichetto for Toronto based gallery and shop Mjölk. The set is made by local artisans, ceramicist Alissa Coe, and by woodworker Adrian Kuzyk.

The set debuts as a prototype during Luca Nichetto’s first North American exhibition at Mjölk January 22nd 2014.
The collection will be available to purchase Spring/Summer 2014.

Here is what Luca Nichetto had to say about the design concept:

The idea of “Sucabaruca” coffee set stemmed from the encounter with John Baker and Juli Daoust Baker in September 2013 at their gallery in Toronto. After their experience with the studio Claesson Koivisto Rune, they encouraged me to realize in turn a product suited to their gallery/shop using only the craft resources available in the area. The common thread  previously woven by my friends and colleagues MÃ¥rten, Eero and Ola seemed  to be the way to go and so I wanted to create a product that could also complement their project “Ceremony”. 

For many years now my life has been divided between Stockholm and Venice, the town where I was born and where Caffé Florian – among the oldest cafés in Europe – is, I immediately came up with the idea of designing a coffee set that aims to combine the modern ritual of filtered coffee, which unites several countries including North America and Scandinavia, with  the renowned tradition of my land, where coffee has been a cult drink for centuries. 

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 in the ceramic, are meant to emphasize the uniqueness of the pieces, as well as for the tray, manufactured using materials 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, indulging in the different personalities offered by 3 colour palettes, from total white, inspired by the fashion designer Martin Margiela, to pastel tones, characteristic of Japanese architecture, and eventually  pop colours, a tribute to the eclectic artist Jean-Paul Goude.




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