Tea set by Leo Livshetz

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Graduate designer Leo Livshetz created this angular, ceramic tea set while studying at Rhode Island School of Design in the USA.

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The set comprises a sloping tea pot that rests on its handle, four cups, and a combined sugar bowl and milk jug.

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"I wanted to create a tea cup that did not need a handle, but at the same would not get too hot," says the designer, who graduated in 2008.

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"The system of edges and corners creates a thick shell around the cup that does not overheat and allows it to be held comfortably without burning the user's hand."

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"The creamer slots into the sugar bowl becoming one unit and the tilted tea-kettle is stabilized by the handle that rests on the table."

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Livshetz completed the project at a ceramics workshop while studying industrial design at RISD.

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Posted on Monday, February 23rd, 2009 at 10:59 am by . See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • modular

    Here’s something new….

    I would like to try this ‘on the real world’ before commenting anything. But this looks cool. It’s like a Star Trek tea sea…

  • kasorp

    interesting aesthetic approach, just a pity there are no photos of somebody holding the pieces in his hand as it’s quite difficult to judge the ergonomics through the internet ;)

  • http://artistruth will

    I can see how it’d be held, but can’t quite see how it would hold back heat. I don’t, however, see how you would use that teapot. Is the handle that proboscis from the bottom? What is that?

  • stray

    Simply Beautiful.

  • urafool

    now this is nice

  • BRian

    Dude,
    Yes, Yes, User testing and anthropomorphic data is important. Yes I can see how it can be held, and also how thicker material sections prevent heat radiation into sensitive little fingers. This must be tested though. Designers nowadays really shirk the responsibility of data because the form is beautiful. Yes, the form is beautiful, but support it with basic analysis- it makes the design bombproof… and performs FANTASTICALLY!

    Good job

  • lecorb

    Its so G

  • zakiu

    What a nice tea set. I am pretty excited about tea in general and the fact that this tea set is nice makes it pretty amazing in my book. Not to mention that it looks nice as well. Sometimes I think about what kind of people must be browsing the internet and commenting on people’s tea sets and the like but I guess there are just lots of hardcore design enthusiasts out there! I disagree with Brian and imagine that the design is not really bomb proof as that can be pretty intense. However I am sure these are really great for tea and that the design is well thought out. I thought about going to RISD but it was pretty expensive for me and I don’t have a lot of money and there are lots of artsy people there. You can tell from my bad grammar and wordiness that I’m not terribly artsy or anything like that.

  • paris-moi

    lovely, beautiful work.
    ignore the comment that says “this needs to be tested..” Ofcourse! what an easy, stupid comment. This looks so seductive, so elegant. This is what we need more of. I’m reasonably convinced that this will ‘work’- Give this guy some encouragement.

    Hot work. Good job. Its a tough world out there, but keep your wits about you and keep working. LOVELY/ I SAY.

  • alessandra

    bravo.
    does the designer have a website?

  • Ana

    the sleek, streamlined forms have reinterpreted the basic principals of a tea set and have created something futuristic and forward. the designer clearly has a true understanding of subtle delicacies through minimal yet advanced objects.

  • maurice

    what ana states it true, clearly the designer considered negative shapes as well as the positive. the way the tea cups sit as a set is simply marvelous and the dialogue between the tea cups as they rotate is genius too. what would be most exciting is to see the pour from the creamer and how that becomes part of the experience with the function of the tea cups. how innovative.

  • Ana

    the sleek, streamlined forms have reinterpreted the basic principals of a tea set and have created something futuristic and forward. the designer clearly has a true understanding of subtle delicacies through minimal yet advanced objects

  • http://www.simincouture.com adrian tag

    only a demigod could make something this magnificent

  • uncle_M

    so cool,if them to be a real product,i will buy one,

  • Pauline

    I love the shape. But my question is, does it pour well? Does it make a mess?