Artist/Designer: Ettore Sottsass
b. 1917 Innsbruck, Austria - 2007 Milan, Italy
Title: La Bella Tavola and My Beautiful China Coffee and Tea Set 1993
Dimensions: Coffee Pot with lid 7" h x 8" x 4.75", Teapot with lid 6" h x 10" x 6.75", Creamer 3" h x 7" x 5.25", Sugar Bowl with lid 4.25" h x 4.75" diameter
Manufacturer: Alessi, as part of the Tendentse Project. Made in Germany
Details: Offered here as set only. Originally part of a larger collection of china and serving pieces. La Bella Tavola referred to the all one color versions of the collection and the pieces referred to as La Bella Tavola and My Beautiful China included the blue decorative border around the top rim and the tops of the lids are blue. Each piece marked on bottom in blue Alessi Tendentse Germany. In perfect condition, never used, in original boxes although the boxes are nothing special and have been written on from the Alessi store. Purchased directly from Alessi.
Notes from the Archive: Ettore Sottsass was invited to meet with Alberto Alessi in 1972, preceded by his fame for his work for Olivetti, and his work with radical design groups. As Alberto Alessi describes Sottsass, "He is something of a philosopher, bursting with charisma, and he has something interesting to say about everything. It was with him that I began talking over the "high" topics of design, the role of industry in society. - he was the first person through work who for me has become a real mentor, one of my maestros." Sottsass' first designs for Alessi included large wide-rimmed trays and next Alessi asked him to tackle oil cruets. The 5070 series designed in 1978 included oil and vinegar cruets and went on to become one of Alessi's best selling collections. As Alessi has reduced the overall collection of china in their current production, The La Bella Tavola and My Beautiful China series are no longer in production and although the table settings can be found occasionally on replacement china sources, the coffee and tea set is extremely hard to find. A charming set and a classic Sottsass design.
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