Alessi Tulip Teacup Set

Set of two coffee cups in bone china, with saucers.  A distillation of the design achievement of 2003's “Tea & Coffee Towers” project, these cups make the results accessible to the wider coffee-drinking public.  The designers of each Alessi limited edition coffee & tea service have been asked to design a simple coffee cup, one that would exhibit the essence of the project.  Hungarian architect Dezso Ekler's work is strongly influenced by the anthroposophic vision of Rudolf Steiner, as demonstrated by this evocative commentary on his Tulip cup designs.  He thought that all traditional porcelain cups were always decorated with flowers, even that their forms are also flower-like.  Even the very first porcelain cups, from one thousand years ago in ancient China, were fashioned in the form of flower-cups.  They were very rare and very expensive, because they were specially made for sacral purposes.  Manufactured by Alessi.Designed in 2005.

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