Care for some tea in a $126,000 Marc Newson designed silver tea set?


If you are familiar with the fine craftsmanship and aesthetic designs of Danish metalware brand Georg Jensen, you will see how their latest collaboration with industrial designer Marc Newson for a limited-edition silver tea service, makes an epic partnership.


Made completely using sterling silver with the edges of the tray and the bases of the tea and coffee pots wrapped in rattan and finished using “responsibly sourced” mammoth tusk, the set features a tea pot, a coffee pot, a creamer, a sugar bowl and a tray. There are only 10 editions of the five-piece set available, each priced £82,000 ($126,785), stamped with a ‘MN’ makers mark, will be made to order in the company’s Copenhagen workshop.
A half-moon, near invisible cutout on the top of the pots houses a sliding lid, moved by a small pill-shaped handle. The collection took six months to design and develop used rapid 3D prototyping in the initial phases of development, state-of-the-art technology and hand craftsmanship of Jensen’s silversmith that saw more than three months of hand hammering.
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According to a statement from the company, the very first set was hand-hammered by a third generation silversmith whose grandfather had worked alongside founder Georg Jensen.
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“Marc Newson was, for me, really the only choice to design a new tea service for Georg Jensen,” said CEO David Chu.
“Through his unparalleled, diverse experiences in industrial design, tackling such profound and elemental subjects as speed and motion, architecture, and the recording of the passage of time, and having begun his career as a sculptor, as did Georg Jensen, who else but Marc could bring to this domestic, modest and functional family of tea related objects the gravitas, the feeling of universality, the harmony of domesticity and ceremony?”
Georg Jensen’s previous designer collaborations have included Aldo Bakker and Scholten & Baijings.
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