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Norman Foster designs "sculptural" range of tableware for Danish design brand Stelton

Norman Foster designs minimal tea set for Stelton

British architect Norman Foster used a combination of stainless steel, porcelain and glass to create this tea set for Danish brand Stelton.

Foster's collection features a selection of stainless steel tableware for evening use, including wine goblets, a carafe, bowls and a tray.

Norman Foster designs "sculptural" range of tableware for Danish design brand Stelton

These are joined by coffee cups, a sugar bowl, a thermos flask and a water jug made from porcelain and glass.

While the material differs, the collection is joined together through the use of soft, rounded silhouettes – which Foster describes as "power of the curve".

Norman Foster designs "sculptural" range of tableware for Danish design brand Stelton

"There's a wonderful ambiguity in the power of a curve, the power of a line, whether it is defining an individual, a building, a bridge, a skyline or a vessel," said Foster.

"The issues of quality workmanship and textures are common to all these different scales," he continued. "The translation of a design idea through prototyping and production, and the quality of those finishes is vital – whether that is a mass manufactured product or a handcrafted object."

Norman Foster designs "sculptural" range of tableware for Danish design brand Stelton

For the evening collection, Foster chose to present the products in contrasting tones of mirrored stainless steel and copper.

The wine glasses, for instance, have a stainless steel exterior with a copper-tinged inner surface that makes it appear as if it has a golden hue.

Norman Foster designs "sculptural" range of tableware for Danish design brand Stelton

Additionally, the tray also has a mirrored silver surface with a copper bottom, and its structure slopes upwards in one fluid form.

The bowl follows a similar format, except it has a raised shape with an asymmetrical, wide rim.

Norman Foster designs "sculptural" range of tableware for Danish design brand Stelton

The porcelain range features a similar, curved form in a white colour.

Norman Foster is better known for his architectural practice Foster + Partners, founded in 1967.  Recent projects include a high-end hotel in Hong-Kong and a new headquarters for golfing association PGA Tour in Florida.

Stelton has previously collaborated with a number of designers, including a range of coffee pots by Italian studio Something and a collection of glassware by Swedish studio Front.

The brand's latest ranges, including with Foster's, will be on display at the Ambiente trade fair in Frankfurt until 13 February 2018.

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Norman Foster designs "sculptural" range of tableware for Danish design brand Stelton
Norman Foster designs "sculptural" range of tableware for Danish design brand Stelton
Norman Foster designs "sculptural" range of tableware for Danish design brand Stelton
Norman Foster designs "sculptural" range of tableware for Danish design brand Stelton
Norman Foster designs "sculptural" range of tableware for Danish design brand Stelton